Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I can't go back and label myself as an outcast because I was a pretty well-adjusted kid, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of being an outsider.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I made all their videos, apart from the last two, so if you ever see an Abba video on TV then it's my stuff.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

It's just, for me, the natural standard: a woman should be able to decide over her own body.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I love improvising.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I love mixing amateurs and professionals.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.

Lasse Hallstrom
Lasse Hallstrom

I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting.