Lena Maria Jonna Olin (born March 22, 1955 in Stockholm, Sweden) is an internationally acclaimed Academy Award-nominated Swedish actress.
Olin was born in Stockholm as the youngest of three children. Her father, Stig Olin, was a singer, a composer, and an actor who appeared in several of Ingmar Bergman's films. Her mother, Britta Holmberg, was also an actress and singer. Her brother is the Swedish singer Mats Olin.
After studying acting at Sweden's National Academy of Dramatic Art (Scenskolan aka NAMA today) 1976-79, Olin performed for over a decade with Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre-ensemble (1980-1994) in classic plays by Shakespeare and Strindberg, and appeared in smaller roles of several Swedish films directed by Bergman and in productions of Swedish Television's TV-Theatre Company.
Olin's international debut in a lead role on film was in the 1984 Swedish film After the Rehearsal, which was directed by Bergman. The year before she had appeared in a small role in Bergman's ...
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Bang Bang Orangutang is a 2005 Swedish film directed by Danish director Simon Staho starring Mikael Persbrandt, Tuva Novotny, Lena Olin, Fares Fares, Jonas Karlsson, Reine Brynolfsson and many other popular Swedish actors.
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The movie is heavily based on The Stranger by Albert Camus, taking many of the book's elements such as alienation, seeming lack of remorse at such a horrible crime, and existentialism. The movie flows back and forth between the past and present and between different characters and their relations to each other, a cinematography style similar to that used in Magnolia and Crash, however, it is all tied together by the narration of the protagonist, Leland. He says that sometimes things happen because they happen, and talks about the sadness he sees in many people even if they do not...,
Darkness is a 2002 horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró.
Tagline: Some secrets should never come to lightForty years after an unfinished occult ritual resulted in the disappearance of six kids, an American family has moved into a never before inhabited house in Spain. The mother, Maria (Olin), wants to get the place in order, while the dad, Mark (Glen), goes to work, and their kids, teenager Regina (Paquin) and her younger brother Paul (Enquist), try to settle into their daily routines.
It helps that Mark's doctor father, Albert Rua (Giannini), is nearby, especially when Mark begins to suffer from some mental breakdown attacks that periodically reoccur. Regina is not only worried about him, but also Paul who is now scared of the dark for the first time. The young boy has reason for that, however, as there seems to be some sort of supernatural force beneath his bed. Furthermore, there are instances when figures of kids are seen standing in the shadow and darkness, watching the...,
Mystery Men is a 1999 comedy film directed by TV commercial director Kinka Usher. It starred William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, and Hank Azaria as a trio of lesser superheroes with fairly unimpressive superpowers who need to save the day. The film's two great strengths were considered to be the art direction and the dialogue, much of which was improvised by the cast. Despite its list of stars, Mystery Men was widely considered to be a flop with a final box office gross of just $29,762,011 domestic and $3,699,000 foreign.
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The movie opens in Champion City, a metropolis in a slightly altered comic book-style reality, where costumed crime fighters of varying skill levels are fairly common. Three such individuals are 'The Shoveler' (William H. Macy), who can wield a shovel very well; 'Mr. Furious' (Ben...,
The Ninth Gate is a mystery/thriller film based on the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It was co-written and directed by Roman Polanski, and stars Johnny Depp as a rare books-dealer who is hired by rich book collector (Frank Langella) to validate his recently purchased copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th century author Aristide Torchia.
The film premiered in Spain on August 25, 1999 and was a critical and commercial failure in North America, but managed to turn a profit with a worldwide box office gross of $58,401,898. It has since enjoyed a small cult following.
Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is a rare books-dealer whose motivation is only for financial gain. He swindles a naïve couple from a set of rare and priceless books, narrowly beating out a rival dealer. A very rich book collector by the name of Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) hires Corso to validate his recently purchased copy of The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th century author ...,
Night Falls On Manhattan is a 1997 film written and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a newly-appointed DA who is eager to stamp out corruption within the New York Police Department.
Andy Garcia stars as idealistic young assistant district attorney Sean Casey. When Casey's father, New York City policeman Liam Casey (Ian Holm), is shot and critically wounded during a drug raid, the political savvy Manhattan District Attorney Morganstern (played by Ron Leibman) assigns the major, highly publicized case to the inexperienced Casey, figuring it would be good publicity for the DA's Office if the wounded officer's son were to prosecute the thug who tried to kill his father. Casey wins a conviction and in the process becomes Morganstern's protege and a media darling. When Morganstern falls ill amidst a re-election campaign, Casey is given the party's nomination and is subsequently elected as Manhattan's new district attorney. In his new position, Casey begins to discover irregularities...,
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Set in New York City in 1949, the story follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived in a hayloft, taken care of by his gentile Polish servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in America. Meanwhile, he has an affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is simply a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to be killed in the Holocaust, comes to New York.
After the Rehearsal (Efter repetitionen in the original Swedish) is a made-for-TV play, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1984. The script contains numerous quotes from Strindberg's Drömspel.
Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Strindberg's A Dream Play. She talks of her hatred for her mother (now dead), an alcoholic actress who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out.
Lena Olin was born in Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Municipality