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      Behind Blue Skies

      2010 1 hr. 50 min. Drama List
      Reviews 51% 50+ Ratings Audience Score Coming-of-age film that takes place in a Swedish archipelago during the 70s about young Martin who gets a summer job working at a hotel. Read More Read Less

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      Gorptholemew T 🍅 7.0/10 Not even two minutes in and we see bills Pecker 😭. A very enjoyable coming of age story that has plenty of great preferences and it will be sure to satisfy Bill Skarsgård fans. Also, a stand out was the cinematography that looked downright beautiful at times. Grade B+ Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/10/24 Full Review Audience Member It took 20 minuets for me to noticed it took place in the 70's which was hella embarrassing, but once I understood that everything fell into place. I would watch again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Nordic 1970s, how hippie! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member It's 1975, and Martin (Bill Skarsgård) is a teenager looking to break out of a stifling home environment ruled by his alcoholic father Nils (Björn Kjellman) and long-suffering mother Siv (Amanda Ooms). When Martin's pal Micke (Adam Pålsson) suggests they get jobs together as waiters at Sandhamn, a resort off the Swedish coast, Martin is all for it, but before long Micke finds better things to do and Martin is left on his own. The presence of pretty fellow server Jenny (Josefin Ljungman) is a major consolation, but to his surprise, guileless Martin is soon chosen as the protégé of Gösta (Peter Dalle), the resort's short-tempered manager. Gösta clearly likes Martin and makes him his right hand man, which gives Martin a crash course in the seedy side of life when he discovers Gösta has a number of other business interests, not all of which are legal or ethical.... Based on the true story of The Sandhamn Gang brought down by the swedish police in the mid 70´s, director Hannes Holm has managed to create a quite well made movie from all important period piece angles, such as the settings, environments, cars, clothes, props etc. In the line of what Lukas Moodyson managed to do with "Together" and Paul Thomas Anderson with "Boogie Nights". The general feeling breathes the 70´s. Thumbs up for that. The acting is quite good as well (compared to the usual theatrical stuff we normally see in swedish movies), even if it wobbles a bit in the end. The story itself has a classic coming of age theme, thus nothing new there, but the added value from how well made it is, balance it out. All in all "Himlen Är Oskyldigt Blå" is one of the better swedish movies I have seen for quite a while and I loved how nostalgic it made me feel and look back at my own childhood in the 70´s. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Kan man få pommes till fyra små rätter ? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member This was an engaging and rather entertaining comedy. Some things took a while to fully undersrand but overall it was an engrossing and a heartfelt comedy that's certainly worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Sarah Marrs Cinesnark In all, Behind Blue Skies is a serviceable coming-of-age tale, worth checking out if you're a Skarsgard fan. I'm sure Bill will be transitioning into English-language work shortly. Oct 24, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Coming-of-age film that takes place in a Swedish archipelago during the 70s about young Martin who gets a summer job working at a hotel.
      Hannes Holm
      Hannes Holm
      Production Co
      Sveriges Television, Fladen Film, Nordisk Film
      Original Language