Happiness is about little things. Joy is strawberries and fresh milk. Happy family (Jof & Maria & their angelic child Mikael) offers a moment of tranquillity to knight who plays chess of life and death with death. The knight values the moment in his heart. Death isn’t so scary when you feel that you have accomplished something that counts. The black death is on a rampage in Europe. So the film is based in somewhere 14th century. I found the sequel with people carrying wooden christ at the village very dark and impressive. Crying people and monks whipping themselves. Religious man preaches that you all are going to die. The film is beautiful in a dark way. The happy family brings some light to it. What is more Jof and Maria are actors who support themselves by performing comedies. Near the end the knight and his crew dance the deathdance on the cliff. Jof and Maria wakes up and sun shines on them. Death didn’t catch them ,yet. And life goes on in especially Jof’s and Maria’s son Mikael. Is it a coincidence that characters name is the same that the highest archangel has?