Becoming Astrid (2018)
By Livia Peterson
Astrid Ericcson Lindgren is one of the most translated writers and wrote children's fiction. Yet, Pernille Fischer Christensen's Becoming Astrid touches the surface of Ms. Lindgren's fascinating life.
Astrid (Alba August) accepts an internship at a local newspaper; however, the married editor Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen) becomes attracted and the romantic relationship is established. While Astrid gives birth to a son, Marie (Trine Dyrholm) is the temporary caregiver. Thus, Becoming Astrid narrates how she navigates the teenage years and motherhood.
While Becoming Astrid provides the conventional coming of age narrative, one may be more interested in how Astrid becomes a writer than a mother, especially for the aspiring and current writers today. Motherhood is equally important and yet, Becoming Astrid seems detached to the subject and therefore, we do not care either, primarily due to the incomplete character development. Anchored by some remarkable performances and costumes, it is still difficult to ignore Becoming Astrid provided much unfulfilled potential. C+
Becoming Astrid debuts at the Milwaukee Oriental Theater on Friday, December 7, 2018! An expansion in other cities to follow.