In The News: Film About Pippi Longstocking Creator, ‘Becoming Astrid,’ Drawing Rave Reviews

Alba August and Marius Damslev in “Becoming Astrid.” (Music Box Films)

In the News

In The News: Film About Pippi Longstocking Creator, ‘Becoming Astrid,’ Drawing Rave Reviews

Astrid Lindgren, known best for authoring the “Pippi Longstocking” books, is the subject of the new film “Becoming Astrid.”

The film focuses on Lindgren’s late teens and early 20s and stars Danish-Swedish actress Alba August, who is earning splendid reviews. Of the movie, Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post gave it three stars and wrote: “Pippi Longstocking has sometimes been called an icon of feminist girl-power. If ‘Becoming Astrid’ makes anything clear, it’s that the character’s creator was something of one of herself.” And Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune called it “an engrossing, beautifully acted new film.” The movie also was lauded as a “Critic’s Pick” by the New York Times’ Jeannette Catsoulis, who called August “magnetic.”

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