Elvira Madigan 

Drama | Danish and Swedish with English subtitles | 91 minutes


Hedvig Jensen is a tightrope walker at a circus performing under the name Elvira Madigan. While in Denmark, she meets Lt. Sixten Sparre, and they fall in love. They decide to run away together. But running away also means that Sixten, an army officer, becomes a deserter. As runaways, both have tough times getting work and supporting themselves. It’s then  an old friend of Sixten advises him leave Hedvig before the relationship becomes destructive.


Pia Degermark (Hedvig Jensen, “Elvira Madigan”) / Thommy Berggren (Lt. Sixten Sparre)

Why Stream This Film?
Do not be deterred by the low Rotten Tomatoes score. The film received rave reviews from Bosley Crowther of The New York Times  and Roger Ebert.   The National Board of Review selected it as the Best Foreign Language Film of the year.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 40%
  • Metacritic Score: 82
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Actress (Pia Degermark)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
ELVIRA MADIGAN is indeed remarkably beautiful. Almost every frame would make a painting, and yet the film is alive and cinematic.
Roger Ebert


Exquisite is the first word that surges in my mind as an appropriate description of ELVIRA MADIGAN. Its color is absolutely gorgeous – as gorgeous as any color photography I’ve ever seen.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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