OK I just watched this (in Costa Rica - I'm glad the Swedes spokeEnglish to each other but I forgot that the Spanish would not getsubtitled in English! Fortunately there wasn't too much Spanish thatwas very important to the plot) and maybe I'm dumb but there were acouple of things I didn't quite understand.
Ana knew about the Harald's past in Germany in the war. And it seemedto be indicated that she was or knew the daughter of the opera singerthat Harald had been having a relationship with. Is this the case? Andif not, then what was all that about? Secondly, how did Harald knowabout Ana's father being the colonel? Any answers appreciated.
The Black Pimpernel was a surprise to me because it is a rare (andtrue) story of political courage. An unconventional and savvy Swedishambassador driven by a sense of justice seeks to save lives during thefascist coup in Chile that replaces Salvador Allende with AugustoPinochet. The ambassador places the Cuban embassy under the protectionof the Swedish embassy, gives refuge to hundreds of people, helps someget out of the country, and falls in love with a female revolutionary.He takes risks no ordinary diplomatic functionary would take, uses hisdiplomatic immunity to smuggle people to safety, enters dangerous zonescontrolled by soldiers and challenges them, risking his own life.Ambassador Edelstam seemed to know exactly what to do in dealing withthe new fascist regime. His unwavering courage and allegiance to humanrights and decency is comparable to that of William Wiburforce, theabolitionist in the movie Amazing Grace. The Black Pimpernel wasperfectly believable and kept my partner and I on the edge of ourseats.User: stensson
Harald Edelstam was ambassador of Sweden in Chile during the Pinochetrebellion. He saved many people from the junta and also tookconsiderable personal risks. He's worth a movie.
But a better one than this. First, it's always ridiculous hearingSwedes talking English to each other. That makes the picture lesstrustworthy from the beginning. Second, it's not very well acted andthe characters are very square. This is more of a drama for TV than fora big screen.
It's a pity, because this is an important subject about morality andpersonal responsibility. But you don't get interested.
This movie is really good and I strongly recommend it! It has arealistic feel over it(I know, The Sweds speak English to each other
but frankly I don't care, and Im Swedish)!
Harald Edelstam was a true hero and its all very clear in this film.
Sometimes it could be difficult to understand but it not that often.
So if you feel like seeing a really good movie, go see this one! Its an
Important movie who shows the heroic deeds of a true hero.
Its actually one of the best Swedish films i've ever seen! Finally theSwed's know how to make a big screen movie!
Its worth the money.