Film Highlight: Ronia, the Robber's Daughter


This 1984 telling of the classic Astrid Lindgren fantasy deigns to bring out the wild child in all of us. Born into a clan of raucous marauders, Ronia (Hanna Zetterberg) is determined to discover the world on her own terms. As she veers through mystical forests, dodging menacing dwarfs and vicious harpies, and unearthing moss-covered secrets at every turn, all of nature is revealed at her feet. Our heroine's adventures are temporarily disrupted, however, when a harsh winter forces her family into hibernation—which proves to be a blessing in disguise. The months of isolation provide Ronia with ample time to befriend Birk (Dan Hafström), the son of her father's archenemy and encroaching next-door neighbor, Borka (Per Oscarsson). Rebelling against the limitations that a long family feud has imposed on their friendship, our rugged Romeo and Juliet scurry into the woods, resolving to forge a new life through a journey that makes a true test of their dauntless vigor. In this classic coming-of-age adventure, Lindgren offers an enchanting concoction of tender companionship and brash barbaric life, adding just the right measure of boisterous Nordic flair.