Becoming Astrid

Becoming Astrid

DVD - 2019 | Swedish
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"The poignant true story of future Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren, BECOMING ASTRID follows teenaged Astrid (Alba August) as she confronts a restrictive society and an unexpected pregnancy. A budding storyteller eager to break free from her loving but strict religious family in rural Sweden, Astrid takes a job at a local newspaper where she begins to find her voice and quickly attracts the attention of its married editor. When she becomes pregnant, Astrid embarks for Denmark to give birth to a son, whom she heartrendingly entrusts to a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). When Marie falls ill, Astrid takes custody of the boy, using her vibrant imagination and storytelling flair to be the mother her child needs and become the author who would be the spiritual mother to generations of children."--Container.
Publisher: Music Box Films, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD BEC Wor


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Sep 12, 2019

Very well made movie and excellent performance by Alba August. Such a talented young actor. The whole movie just feels like real; really great production and performance from all. I hope there'd be a part 2 in the near future.

Aug 05, 2019

Really worthwhile watching this movie which depicts the struggles of a single mother trying to raise her son single handed especially during the early 1900 Children need love lots of it and they will grow up to be good and normal individuals. I admire Astrid's strong maternal instincts and her desire to make sure that her son will be accepted by her family

Jul 12, 2019



A beautifully told family tale that is full of compassion and daring!



Jul 02, 2019

The inspiring beautifully told backstory of the author Astrid Lindgren.

suzannethomas May 10, 2019

I love biopics and the Library has recently received some good ones: “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Green Book”, “Colette” and this gem, “Becoming Astrid”, which tells a part of Astrid Lindgren’s story, the creator of beloved Pippi Longstocking. Set in Sweden in the 1920’s, when free-spirited Astrid is 19 years old, the film depicts a turbulent time that will inform the woman and writer she will become.

May 04, 2019

Beautiful film, excellent story and very well acted. Highly recommended.

May 02, 2019

Outstanding film! Casting, acting, screenplay, cinematography are all excellent!

Mar 31, 2019

A beautiful film about the Astrid's youth, probably exploring her transition to adulthood, which I suspect helps explain how she became a beloved writer of children's books. If you are not moved by this film, go to the doctor and have your heart examined.

Mar 29, 2019

This is a sad story that with a seemingly happy ending.

Mar 09, 2019

Biopic of celebrated author Astrid Lindgren who, in a career spanning ninety-five years, became one of the world’s most beloved writers of children’s books especially the "Pippi Longstockings" series which exemplified female empowerment before the term was even coined. As an aging Astrid opens fan mail from schoolchildren, her mind drifts back to her teen years growing up in a rural farming community. Always wilful and headstrong, Astrid rebelled against the stifling rules imposed by parents upon daughters until an unwanted pregnancy at the age of sixteen (quite a scandal in 1923) turned her life completely inside out. Director Pernille Fischer Christensen avoids hysterical clichés—Astrid’s churchgoing parents are upset but don’t turn into ogres; the baby’s father doesn’t skip town; Astrid stands tall—but despite a fine cast which includes Danish treasure Trine Dyrholm and newcomer Alba August in the lead role, the story only spans four years and never touches on Astrid’s writing career at all except for a taped message sent by a classroom of adoring fans. Interesting enough but not very engaging.

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