16-year-old Astrid Ericsson (Alba August) lives a simple, carefree life with her brother, sisters and parents (Marie Bonnevie; Magnus Krepper) in Småland. She’s brave, ambitious and just a little crazy. And when the opportunity to work as an assistant at the local paper comes her way, it’s not long before editor Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen) recognizes not only her writing talent but also his feelings for her. This love story, of course, isn’t straightforward and at the age of 18, Astrid falls pregnant – a scandal for the times. A sensitive portrait of how young Astrid finds the courage to overcome her hostile surroundings and to live a free and independent life as a modern woman.
ASTRID depicts how the childrens’ book author’s early experiences shaped both her later works and her political engagement.