A moral with a story, instead of a story with a moral

Review of G - som i Gemenskap (1983)

Review of G - som i Gemenskap (1983) movie, by Stefan Stenudd

G stands for gemenskap, which is Swedish for fellowship, the feeling of togetherness. This is the message of the movie - together we can help each other stay on the right path.

       Cute, but not exactly revolutionary news - not to mention its omitting of how difficult it actually is to feel togetherness, when things get complicated.

       But in this movie, nothing is allowed to get complicated. We meet a few teens with very teenish problems, in their most over-simplified form, and see how they first succumb to different kinds of temptation, but later - yes, with the help of each other - manage to get free of them. It's all as easy as bread-in-a-box.

       Of course, such simplified dilemmas and solutions function only with a moral which is just as simple - and it needs to be intolerant and conformist. Silly, too.

       The film was a huge hit with teens, when first released - although it tried to teach them to 'stay in school' in every way. Critics despised it, for good reasons. Now, time has kindly been transporting it toward oblivion.

       But one anomaly remains to be considered with this movie: With such an uncool moral oozing from it, how could it be a hit with the kids? Was it because the adult world expressed its contempt for it? That, teens can always relate to.


I met the director of this and other successful Swedish teen movies in the 1980's, Staffan Hildebrand, a few times in the mid 1980's. He was sort of a G-rated (pardon the pun) version of Larry Clark.

       Although his films were usually about kids from ragged suburban areas, he had an upperclass upbringing. His ignorance of the working class was quite evident at times. Once, he was going to visit a factory and meet the welders, in preparation for a film he was making. I told him that he might be surprised at the intellectual awareness of the workers. He nodded, but did not seem convinced.

       Next time we met, he told me enthusiastically that an old welder had asked him:

       "So your name is Hildebrand. Any relation with the historian Karl Hildebrand?"

       "He was my granddad," Staffan replied, quite surprised that the welder knew about him.

       It turned out that the welder was very interested in history and had read a lot of Karl Hildebrand's texts. Staffan had not.

Stefan Stenudd
8 January 2003

More Reviews

About Cookies

My Other Websites

Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its ancient source.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained, with exercises to increase it.

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope chart and how to read it.








My Books

Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon (paid link).

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes - Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.
All's End. Science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Attacks in Aikido. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Aikibatto. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Occasionally I Contemplate Murder. Book by Stefan Stenudd. QI - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.