Movie Review – Becoming Astrid (2018)

Becoming Astrid, 2018.

Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen.

Starring Alba August, Trine Dyrholm, Maria Bonnevie, Björn Gustafson, Magnus Krepper, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Maria Fahl Vikander.

Synopsis:

Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children’s books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.

Sometimes the best way to celebrate an artist is to show why they embarked on that path rather than how it all happened, footnote after footnote. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Pernille Fischer Christensen (also a co-writer alongside Kim Fupz Aakeson), Becoming Astrid centers on the late teenage/early adulthood years of Astrid Lindgren, a series of tumultuous events that alienated the Swedish girl from her religious family and forced her to give up her son upon birth to a loving foster mother (played with affection and wisdom by Trine Dyrholm) in order to hide the guiltiness of her then-boyfriend and almost divorced editor Blomberg, as him being
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