I became interested in this author, Jan Guillou, while living in Scandinavia and so try to follow what he does. This is the only film, and the story is from the author's youth. As the film comes from Sweden, I felt Ingmar Bergman's shadow hanging over it a little bit, and was therefore very glad for the simplicity and directness of the way the story was told. The story is simple but not less awful for that. One has to appreciate an author who presents such things this way - things that happen every day, everywhere. I doubt there is a person on the planet who isn't in touch with someone in the situations shown here. The acting is excellent and the settings and cinematography are as well. I'm glad I own it. I am sorry the author's books are not available in this country.