Blomstrande Tider (1980)

Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Sweden  |  
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Jussi Kristen Hendriksson returns home to his small hometown after his military obligations are completed in this drama that reflects on the Swedish welfare society of the 1970s. He arrives to find things have changed -- and not for the better. His former sweetheart has chosen the gas station owner over Jussi, whose former job as gas jockey has been eliminated by self-serve. He finds work with a used car dealer who bends the rules on issuing license plates. Jussi appeals to the editor of the local newspaper to expose the scam, but the veteran editor refuses to help. He is beaten up by his former bicycle buddies after he has an affair with a married woman -- before he decides to leave town.