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Review: ‘Becoming Astrid’ details the hardscrabble beginnings of Pippi Longstocking’s creator

When Astrid’s writing lands her an intern position at the local newspaper, she believes she’s found an ideal outlet for not just her talents, but transforming into a free-thinking, modern adult woman of the 1920s. Her editor and boss, kind-faced family friend Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelson), a married-but-getting-divorced man with several children, believes in her abilities, too, giving Astrid room to report stories and contribute pieces. He’s also attracted to her, though, and while Astrid’s response, as depicted here, is consensual, their inevitable affair hardly comes off as romantic or wise.