Hollywood takes on Norrmalmstorg drama in new action comedy

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A piece of Swedish criminal history has made it onto the big screen, when Hollywood has taken on the 1973 hostage drama at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm.

The six-day-hostage-situation got unprecedented Swedish media coverage at the time and led to the coining of the well-known psychological state called "the Stockholm Syndrome", which describes a situation when people who are held captive against their will develop sympathetic feelings towards their captors, as part of a survival strategy.

The new film stars actors Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, and is simply called "Stockholm". It is being launched as "based on the absurd, but true, story".

Former hostage taker Janne Olsson served eight years in prison for what he did. He is now 79 years old and tries to top-up his meager pension by selling used cars together with his youngest son in Mörarp, Skåne. He is not particularly impressed by the film, which he says gets several things wrong, and he is surprised to see the events of 1973 portrayed as a comedy.

Click on the play button to hear his thoughts on the film, and those of film director Robert Budreau, who explains what attracted him to the story, and why they decided to take a light-hearted approach to the events that unfolded.

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