A Respectable Life

A Respectable Life
Directed by Stefan Jarl
Produced by Stefan Jarl
Screenplay by Stefan Jarl
Starring Kenneth Gustafsson Gustav "Stoffe" Svensson
Music by Ulf Dageby
Cinematography Per Källberg
Release dates
  • 26 March 1979 (1979-03-26) (Sweden)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

A Respectable Life (Swedish: Ett anständigt liv) is a Swedish documentary film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 26 March 1979,[1] directed by Stefan Jarl. The film is the second of the Mods Trilogy by Jarl. At the 15th Guldbagge Awards the film won the awards for Best Film and Best Director.[2] It was also selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3]


A decade has gone by and the spirit of the preceding film, Dom kallar oss mods, has disappeared. Kenta is an alcoholic and lives with his girlfriend Eva. Together they have a son, Patric. Kenta's mom is in jail for manslaughter and Kenta goes to Kronoberg to greet her. Heroin also comes to play and Stoffe is one of those who falls victim to it. He lives with his girlfriend Lena and their young son, Janne. Lena later throws Stoffe out their home when she gets enough of his abuse, and he is forced to live with his mother. Kenta calls Stoffe and decides to meet him, and he tries to persuade him to give up heroin, but the two have a falling out and they separate. This film features other users from the previous film, such as Jajje and Kenta Bergkvist. The film ends with the death of a prominent person in the trilogy.

See also


  1. "Ett anständigt liv" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Database. 26 March 1979. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. "Ett anständigt liv (1979)". Swedish Film Institute. 8 March 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-11.
  3. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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