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The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)

Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish... See full summary »


Erik Gandini


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Gandini ... Narrator (voice)
Lars Trägårdh Lars Trägårdh ... Himself, professor
Marie Helena Fjällås Marie Helena Fjällås ... Herself, single parent
Marta Corradi Marta Corradi ... Herself
Oscar Rosberg Oscar Rosberg ... Himself
Goran Asaad Goran Asaad ... Himself
Maflih Bylund Maflih Bylund ... Himself
Mikael Grip Mikael Grip ... Himself
Andreas Åberg Andreas Åberg ... Himself
Peter Nitschke Peter Nitschke ... Himself
Marcus Hune Marcus Hune ... Himself
Ole Schou Ole Schou ... Himself, founder of the world's biggest sperm bank Cryos
Anni Stavling Anni Stavling ... Herself
Luis Fierro Luis Fierro ... Himself
Brygida Ohlsson Brygida Ohlsson ... Herself


Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish life style, explores the existential black holes of a society that has created the most autonomous people in the world. Written by Fasad

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8 January 2016 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La teoria svedese dell'amore See more »

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Sweden See more »


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EUR890,000 (estimated)
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Fasad, Indie Film as See more »
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Fascinating and close to home.
26 July 2017 | by niels_de_vosSee all my reviews

This documentary fascinated me from start to finish. I really liked the edit and the music. The documentary has a nice tempo and never a dull moment.

Watching this documentary gave me a few nice insights. The quest in the west to gain as much freedom as possible has gone too far. We gain the freedom by distancing ourselves from other people. We can do this because we are less and less dependent on relatives and our local community. With the wealth we got in the West we can buy the things we need. For example, old people no longer depend on their children, but on professional services (which we pay for).

People also tend to take the easiest and most comfortable way of doing things. It's way more comfortable to be with yourself and don't be bothered by others (This is something that hits  close to home). With others you'll get criticism, change of rejection and you'll get discussions. It's also more comfortable to have shallow relationships on social media than to expose yourself to somebody in real life.

Some reviewers talk about the lack of information in this documentary. You will get some facts and statistics, but this documentary also creates a kind of feeling with the images you ll see. For example, it's hard to talk about loneliness. But the documentary is doing a good job of get a feeling of loneliness.

Another reviewer didn't get the point of the sperm-bank and the Swedish surgeon based in Ethiopia. The voice over will make some links, but sometimes you have make the links yourself. The sperm-bank was used to create a feeling: the sadness of it all. Instead of working hard for a relationship where you get to the point of trying to make a baby together, a man is masturbating alone in a white room and a girl is inseminating herself, also alone. Much more efficient, safe, secure etc. etc., but also boring and without the personal connection between two people.

The scenes of the surgeon in Ethiopia I find a bit too shocking myself. The scenes give you the feeling of the community who helps the ones in need. Instead of an anonymous ambulance who drives someone to the hospital, relatives, friends and/or neighbours lift the wounded person to the hospital. The ambulance is much more efficient and save, but the old fashion way brings a lot more bonding between people. The scene where the surgeon talks about the household stuff he used to operate, shows us the creativity that is needed to survive. And because in the west everything is so bureaucratic and written down in procedures, it's a lot more boring. To feel alive we need to be able to be creative in our lives. Not only in our free time, but also in our work. Healthcare is much better in the West but it comes with a price. Just like all the freedom and wealth we have.

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