|Arn and Cecilia|
According to Medievalists:
“The Virgin Mother Never Abandoned Us” ~ Arn Magnusson
The year is 1187, in the Holy Land. We meet Arn Magnusson, a Knight Templar who makes a chance acquaintance with Saladin one lonely night out in the desert. The two find each other honourable men and agree not to raise a hand against one another. A quasi-friendship develops that lasts throughout the movie and sets the foundation for this tale.
What follows is the story of how Arn (played skillfully by Joakim Nätterqvist, “With Every Heartbeat/Kyss mig” and “Covert Affairs”) ended up in the Holy Land, his upbringing in a monastery, and his sad, and touching love story for a woman back in Sweden.
Arn: The Knight Templar deftly moves back and forth between Arn and his lover, Cecilia (played by Sofia Helin, “The Bridge”),and the horrible circumstances (due to Cecilia’s vindictive sister) that force them to be apart. It’s a tasteful love story that doesn’t go heavy on the cornball factor....
I enjoyed the acting and the movie featured some great supporting characters like the evil Abbess, Mother Rikissa of the enemy Sverker clan played expertly by Bibi Anderson (“The Lost Prince”). Other big names in this feature include famed Swedish actor, Stellan Skarsgård (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “Avengers”) as friend of the two lovers, Birger Brosa, and renown English actor Simon Callow (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Shakespeare in Love”) playing Arn’s monk mentor, Father Henry. In the lead role of Arn, Joakim Nätterqvist does a great job playing the honest and principled Templar. I really found myself attached to his story and his character having seen him in a smaller role. I enjoyed watching him take on this lead and do the film justice without much angst or bravado.I want to watch the entire television series and read the novels. In the meantime, the movie can be watched online, HERE.
|Arn learns to fight|
|Mother Rikissa, who cares more about being a Sverker than a Bride of Christ|
|Arn in the Holy Land|
|Arn leading his people to victory|