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
The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.
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
The story is based on a novel, The Little Farm, by the English novelist
H. E. Bates. About the
A sampling of reviews.
Other background on the film.