Hanway Films

The Ox

The Ox

The jean doumanian Collection


Sven Nykvist

Stellan Skarsgard
Max von Sydo
Felicity Huffman     

"Nykvist is a master of composition… this is one film that lingers in the memory" Austin Chronicle

In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos (Stellan Skarsgard) kills his master's ox to feed to his wife and baby daughter. Although no one suspects, Helge is full of regret.

Whilst trying to sell the hide at a local market, he is spotted by the local vicar and confesses, creating unexpected results. The vicar assures him that if he gives himself up he'll be treated leniently, but Helge's sentence is far harsher than anyone predicted.

NOMINEE: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Sweden | Swedish | 1992 | 92 mins