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Ten weirdest Swedish movie title translations

The Local · 6 Mar 2013, 16:50

Published: 06 Mar 2013 16:50 GMT+01:00

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The Silver Linings Playbook made some big noise in Hollywood recently, and adverts for the film have since been plastered left, right, and centre across Stockholm.

However, the posters have left at least a few people scratching their heads, as the title has been translated to Du gör mig galen (literally: You Drive Me Crazy).

Sure, an idea like a playbook with any kind of lining at all is a challenge for even the trustiest of translators, but in this case - they appear to have abandoned ship and gone for something completely different.

IN PICTURES: Click here to read through the ten weirdest movie and TV title translations

But it goes two ways - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, book and film, was way off its original Swedish title Män som hatar kvinnor, which is the rather less cute-sounding Men Who Hate Women.

So why do they do it? Why not make a literal translation? Who knows, but the results can sometimes be strange indeed.

We've collected our ten favourite examples of reckless abandon when it comes to English/Swedish film and TV translations for your reading pleasure.

Be sure to tell us any we may have missed.

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Your comments about this article

20:14 March 6, 2013 by EtoileBrilliant
"Arrested Development - Firma Ruffel & Båg. If you thought Curb was a tough one, try this for size: Literally, The Hustle and Hoax Bureau" - from memory the translation was so made that they changed the Swedish version kd season.

The sad fact is that Swedes genuinely think that they are being clever with their versions.
11:06 March 7, 2013 by J Jack
Who pays these people? TV license fees perhaps .. TL, it happens every time I flip through any of your slide shows, I get to #5 and there's a full page ad pop-up .. it is so annoying and aggressive.
11:24 March 7, 2013 by DuHello
Um... You do know that "Luftslottet som sprängdes" came out first, and then it was translated into english? And since when does "luftslott" mean pie!? -_-
15:32 March 8, 2013 by markharr
Give them credit - they got it right once when they translated "That sinking feeling"

to "Diskhofeber".
22:20 March 8, 2013 by Emerentia
"Swingers", translated to "Du, var är brudarna", ("Hey, where are the babes") are often mentioned as one of the worst translations.

"Heathers" was translates to "Häxor, läxor och dödliga lektioner" (Witches, Homework and Lethal Lessons) .

"Superman III" was translated to "Stålmannen går på en krypto-nit" (I dont know if i can translate this to English....first of all, Superman is called Stålmannen= "Steelman" in Swedish, and second to "gå på en nit" is an expression about getting fooled by something, kryptonit is kryptonite. So the translater decided to play a little with the words and came up with this weird title.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was translated to "Monty Pythons galna värld" (The Crazy world of Monty Python)
13:20 March 22, 2013 by janeway
To Kill A Mockingbird. The book translates different than the movie. Dödssynden (Mortal sin) is the title of the book in Swedish.
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