Hugo and Josephine (1967)

Hugo and Josephine (1967)

Released: 1967
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Genre
Director: Kjell Grede
Starring: Beppe Wolgers, Marie Öhman, Fredrik Becklén, ,
Run time: 82 min
IMDb: 6.2/10
Country: Sweden
Views: 49485


Josefin is a six-year-old girl who lives isolated in the countryside, where her father is a priest. She has no friends until she meets Hugo. He is a carefree boy who rather walk in the forest than go to school. Together with the gardener they make up fun things to do.
Written by
Mattias Thuresson
User Reviews: A dramatic, fun, and sentimental journey with countryside, sure to capture the attention and sympathy of any fortunate viewer. The film tells the story of 3 characters, Josefin, a little girl who spends her time like a vagabond without any friends to tag along, Hugo, a young boy with a carefree spirit. The 3rd character is the Gardener, their paths cross and are forced to form an unlikely bond. The cinematography is breathtaking, revealing the true beauty and wonder that resides within the Swedish countryside. Likewise, I believe the relationship that develops between Hugo and Josefin to be just as beautiful, portraying two people who want nothing to do with one another, yet, who need each other. There is a deep symbolism present as well, which upon recognition causes the viewer to truly ponder its implications. However, even without the realization of deep allegory, I still believe this film can be considered a gem. The film emphasized the built-in misery Josefin has, that made life for her a grind. There seemed to be something special about her smile that the was able to bring out from her characterization that made her seem better than what she appears be. The beauty of this tale is not in the story itself but in the way it affected the two main characters, Hugo and Josefin. They eventually find something in themselves that they didn’t know they had. Though, I must say, the acting by Josefin was grand. Her smile is the reason for seeing the film, along with the fine cinematography. I’m glad the film doesn’t suffer from a trite motif in the score unlike other trying too hard to jerk tears. Overall, the film is a heart-warming and bittersweet film that’s among the best Sweden has to offer, especially in its child protagonists. 10/10 for the giggles and the smile of Hugo & Josefin and the cycle, kaleidoscope and the dinner sequence.

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