EspectA terrific Swedish film adapted from a best-seller called Swedish Heroes was given the U.S. title of Expectations (1997), which is fitting because human expectations run rampant here.  Some are dashed, others are fulfilled.  One of them abides in an aging fellow who has wasted his life and concerns a beautiful female angel!

The film examines parent-child, husband-wife relationships, etc. with humor and charm and directorial skill from Daniel Bergman.  There is so much ultimate sanguinity, though, that Expectations is practically feel-good stuff, but that’s okay.  It’s not as though everything in the film is pleasant.  Swedish acting, by the way, is as estimable as it ever was.