A Rational Solution

by Jörgen Bergmark

A Rational Solution


Erland is working in a paper mill in a small industrial town together with his best friend Sven-Erik. In his spare time he is, together with his wife May, running a school of marriage which is an evening discussion group at the local church. At a party Erland is overcome by a strong attraction and soon begins a love affair with Sven-Erik’s new wife Karin. Erland’s rational solution is that the four of them should sit down and discuss the situation. They decide that Sven-Erik and Karin should move in with Erland and May. Furthermore they set up 10 rules for their new life together. This experiment really puts them to test and threaten to plunge them all into the abyss.


Jörgen Bergmark has a solid background in film, TV and Theatre. He won great success with Kitchen Stories where he was co-writer and co-producer. The film won a number of international awards, most notably the Fibresci Prize at Tromsö Int. Film Festival 2003, the Amanda at the Norwegian Film festival in Haugesund, The Distribution Prize “Europa Cinemas” at Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight 2003 and The Golden Swan at Copenhagen Int. Film festival 2003. Other films by Jörgen Bergmark is the short film A love affair, which was nominated for a Guldbagge at the Swedish Film Awards 2003 and nominated for “Best Short” at the Hollywood Film Festival 2003. His short Time out was awarded the Filmblicken award at Umeå Int. Film festival 2005. Jörgen also produced Linerboard, a short film by Jens Jonsson that was awarded the Canal+ prize “Nordisk Panorama” in 2006. Furthermore Jörgen writes and directs for Swedish Television. A rational Solution is Jörgen Bergmarks feature film debut.


Rolf Lassgård - Erland
Pernilla August - Karin
Stina Ekblad - May
Claes Ljungmark - Sven-Erik
Magnus Roosman - Priest


Screenplay: Jens Jonsson
Director of Photography: Anders Bohman
Editor: Mattias Morheden
Original Music: Nathan Larson
Costume Design: Paola Billberg Johansson
Production Design: Peter Bävman
Makeup Artist: Eva-Lena Jönsson Lunde
Producer: Helena Danielsson, Hepp Film

Co-Producers: Karl Baumgartner & Raimond Goebel, Pandora Film / Tero Kaukomaa, Blind SpotPict / Stefano Massenzi, Lucky Red / Jens Jonsson, Jens Jonsson / Jörgen Bergmark, Filmimperiet

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 24fps / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 101 min.
Original Language: Swedish

Original title: Det Enda Rationella


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