As White as in Snow

Jan Troell (The Emigrants) directed this ponderous 2001 biopic on Elsa Andersson, the first Swedish aviatrix. An early feminist, Andersson doesn't want to become a “farmer's wife” and disregards her father's objections to enroll in flying school. The scene of her first solo flight is exhilarating, and the sound track's finely honed mix of motors and birdsong subtly suggests Sweden's passage into the machine age. Yet Andersson's multiple affairs (one with a woman) are insufficiently motivated and unconvincingly portrayed, and despite the film's 164-minute length Troell never brings her fully to life. In Swedish and German with subtitles.

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