Under the Sun

Director:   Colin Nutley
Year:   1998
Language:   Swedish
Time:   130 minutes

Olof, a lonely illiterate farmer, is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Erik brags of having known many women. Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper. Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house. As the summer goes on, Ellen wins Olof's heart and Erik's desire as well.

The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.

Not rated.

Post film discussion led by Dave Singer.


The director, Colin Nutley, though English, has spent much of his careen working in Norway and Sweden.  About the director.

The story is based on a novel, The Little Farm, by the English novelist H. E. Bates.  About the author.

A sampling of reviews.

Other background on the film.