Kim Novak never bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee

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German title Kim Novak never bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee
Original title Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö
Country of production SwedenSweden Sweden Norway Germany
original language Swedish
Publishing year 2005
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Martin Asphaug
script Martin Asphaug,
Håkan Nesser
production Waldemar Bergendahl
music Stefan Nilsson
camera Philip Øgaard
cut Jan-Olof Svarvar
Cover of the German edition of Kim Novak never bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee

Kim Novak never bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by the Swedish author Håkan Nesser .


The Swedish teenagers who are friends with each other, Erik and Edmund, spend their summer holidays in 1962 in a holiday home called Genezareth by Lake Möckeln near the small town of Kumla . The two boys are accompanied by Erik's older brother Henry. At the end of the school year, the two classmates met the teacher Ewa Kaludis, who taught as a substitute at their school. Because of the resemblance to the American actress, she is called by many Kim Novak , and like her, Ewa casts a spell over all students thanks to her beauty.

Ewa is the fiancée of handball professional Berra Albertsson, whom everyone calls "cannon Berra" and who has a pronounced tendency towards physical violence. This does not prevent Henry, a young local journalist with literary ambitions, but from getting involved in a passionate affair with Ewa. One day Ewa comes to the House of Galilee crying and with a bruised face. Kanonen-Berra has mistreated her and soon shows up in front of the holiday home himself. There he finds no one except Erik; however, he threatens to come back later.

The next day he was found dead in a parking lot near the house. The question for the police is whether Henry killed the rival .

The investigation is going in circles. Erik and Edmund's statements contradict each other, and Henry's alibi , which Ewa testifies, is very shaky. But the act cannot be proven to anyone. Henry is arrested first, but released for lack of evidence. He moves to Gothenburg . When Ewa asks Erik whether he or Edmund committed the murder, he owes her the answer.

Decades later, Erik visits the terminally ill Edmund on his deathbed. There he hands him a letter. After the funeral service for his friend, Erik reads the letter on the train and then returns to the scene for the first time. There he digs up the murder weapon near a tree stump , a hammer, sinks it in the lake and burns Edmund's letter, the alleged confession in which the hiding place of the hammer is revealed.


The plot depicts the whole thing from Erik's perspective. The narrative alternates again and again between the time levels of the events of 1962 and those of the present. At the transitions, both levels are often interwoven by seamless cross-fades or by changing the voiceover of the young or the aged Erik.

Difference from the book

The film sticks closely to the literary model with the following difference: There is an open ending in the book - the perpetrator can either be the first-person narrator Erik or his friend Edmund. In the book, the terminally ill Edmund does not hand over a letter with a possible confession to Erik. In the film, however, everything points to Edmund as the culprit.


Was filmed Kim Novak Never Swam in the Lake of Galilee as a Norwegian-Swedish-German co-production in 2004 and in the Swedish cities Vänersborg , Trollhättan and Askersund .


“A novel adaptation that casually laconically develops the story of an all-changing 'terrible'. The book's concentrated, reduced narrative style consistently sets the pace; Thanks to the two excellent leading actors, an atmospherically dense initiation story with loving attention to detail. "

Evaluation on DVD

In February 2006 the Swedish widescreen version was released with Swedish (for the hearing impaired), Danish and Norwegian subtitles . A German version for sale appeared in November 2006.

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Individual evidence

  1. Kim Novak never bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed September 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used