(Waiting for the Tenor)

ROLE:  Director

GENRE: Drama


RELEASE: September 11, 1998


Thomas meets his old childhood friend Hoffman on an autumn night in 1997. The two men haven't met for over 35 years. It is apparent that Hoffman is dying of cancer. Hoffman reminds Thomas of a film project they had planned years ago and suggests they make the film now. They get the funding and begin the film. It tells the autobiographical story of the time when the men were young, and their relationship with Thomas's father. Hoffman plays the role of the father in the film. The process of filmmaking forces the men to confront their past and think through the experiences that shaped their lives.

Film Details


Johan H:son Kjellgren - Tomas
Krister Henriksson - Hoffman / Henning
 Martin Melin - Bobo
 Petter Darin - Henrik
Lena B. Eriksson - Revisorn
Ruben Lundström - Conny
Jessica Liedberg - Penny
Chatarina Larsson - Inga-Lill
Jonas Falk - Pappan
Hans Lindgren - Verner
Michael Nyqvist - Director

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 Director - Lisa Ohlin

Screenplay - Klas Östergren & Lisa Ohlin
Music - Bendik Hofseth
Cinematography - Anders Bohman

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97 minutes



Only one and a half years ago, when Lisa Ohlin read Klas Östergren's novel Waiting for the Tenor, she thought she had found a script worth her entry into the feature-film industry. And the expectations in the various corners of the industry were, of course, high. Very high...It's hard to put your finger on why this is not a fantastic movie. It's a good and interesting movie, no doubt about it, but not the triumphant thing that it should be superficially: the fundamental conflict between Thomas and Hoffman is interesting and enticing, Anders Bohman's contrasting photo is very suggestive, the spectacle goes from adequate to brilliant and the chronologically broken drama eats at our senses. But there's something that's missing. It's amazing that a movie that has so many strong feelings can sometimes feel so distorted. One possible answer lies in the fact that Ohlin has not gone far beyond Östergren's well-written but still tightly-held novel. The whole layout feels a little bit literary, a little too good, a bit academic.