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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (source) There was a time a couple of years ago when my husband and I watched so many Ingmar Bergman films that we […]
The English-language remake of the Swedish book and film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) is directed by David Fincher, and as a result is subject to many of his classic directorial Fincher-isms. The film’s synopsis is as follows: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael […]
Directed by Lukas Moodysson, Together (2000), also known in its native Sweden as Tillsammans, is at once a comedy and a critique on the leftist politics of the 70s in Sweden. It tells the story of Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren), who after a domestic violence incident with her partner Rolf (Michael Nyqvist, of Dragon Tattoo fame), […]
Probably one of the most joyful and heartwarming films I’ve seen recently, We Are The Best! (2013, dir. Lukas Moodysson) is based on a graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, and is set in early 1980s Stockholm, Sweden. It tells the story of three girls – Bobo, Klara, and Hedvig – who decide to start a […]
Released after I am Curious (Yellow) (1967), I Am Curious (Blue) (1968, dir. Vilgot Sjöman) continues to follow Lena Nyman on her journey of self-discovery as an actress in a film-within-a-film, and as an independent and passionate woman who wants to know more about life. Initially intended to be constructed as a singular film, Yellow […]
One of the most controversial and scandalous films of 1967, I Am Curious (Yellow) follows a multi-layered narrative, structured as a film within a film. The film’s synopsis is as follows: Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in […]
Can the personification of death really be considered a villain? Or, is the personification of death the most relevant villain of all? In Ingmar Bergman’s iconic film The Seventh Seal (1957), Death (Bengt Ekerot) is the ultimate adversary against which each of the characters resist; particularly the knight Antonius Block, played by Max von Sydow.