The Ox (Oxen) (Sweden) (1991) (moviesbyrizzo)

(The Ox - Sweden, 1991)
- directed by Sven Nykvist
starring Stellan Skarsgård, Ewa Fröling

Nescit plebs jejuna timere,
"a starving populace knows nothing of fear"

Latin Quote: Cessante causa, cessat et effectus
"The cause having relented, the effect begins to cease"

This is a great movie offering from Sweden although it will depress you to view it
in its entirety if you have any sensitivity on the issues that are raised in it.

You may be familiar with some of the history of the great Irish spirited folk who
 were sent packing from Britain and headed to a lovely land today they call
 Australia. It is my sincere view and hope that the future leadership for the world
 will in fact come from this continent island as I think our best successes have
 been achieved there in a way that best guides the most human spirit we see
 having survived such similar evolutionary factors as to make them special for our
 purposes here. The point is that harsh treatment and insanely cruel standards of
 justice have often been applied in times of great economic depression or in
 areas devoid of real spiritual guidance in favour of religious or other ideas of 
 a similar fundamentalist nature in even the extreme too perhaps.

 This movie speaks to the issues of harsh justice and the grief that befalls a fine
 young couple that you see above. The man is quite Irish spirited as we
 understand  the genre and the lovely wife with him is in fact well meaning
 and well intentioned  for him and grief is all that we see come in this tragic tale
 of cruelty that seems to  find little to comfort those suffering in the circumstances
 of near starvation  conditions and the extremely harsh penalties meted out in
 these conditions as I  refer to above here.
He has erred against his community in the tale which is being told here, however it is still my contention that the sentence was harshly administered and no doubt too lengthy perhaps too.

Michael Rizzo Chessman