Top 10 Scandinavian films

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Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) 1974,  PG)
Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage)
Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece Scenes from a Marriage is a wonderfully story about two people, a man and a women who where ment to be together. We have two extraordinary actors who light up the screen, Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann on their absolutely best. Scenes from a Marriage is the perfect picture, It's never borring for one second and the dialogues are so engaging you can feel the heat from their anger and sorrow. And I think that Liv Ullmann should really have gotten an oscar nomination for best actress, but it didn't count because it was first released as a TV-series.
The Emigrants 1971,  PG)
The Emigrants
Jan Troell's The Emigrants is probably the best films I've seen about the mass immigration to America. It shows us every details of the horrible place most wanted to get away from and to the unpleasant trip overseas where diseases killed people. The trip itself was hell. And this film express this so superb. It all looks, hears and feels authentically, every tiny detail.

The film starts in Sweden in the 1840s where hunger, crop failure, bad winters, a wealthy upper class and a strong indoctrinating from the church is factors that gnawing into the poor farmers like the main character Karl Oskar (Max von Sydow) and his wife Kristina (Liv Ullman) and their horde of children. After many years of starvation and death of family members they decides to seek out for the promised land. Many others people from the same village also decides to go. But that's not the end. The trip itself is dangerous, with mounts at the sea in a tiny cabin where all kinds of diseases burst out. And when they finally reach land, there's more traveling, by train, by steamboat and by foot. compared with to days travelling where theirs still some complaints, just imagine how much more terrible it must have been one-hundred-and-fifty-years ago.

The Emigrants is truly a great, if not the best film about the immigration to America. We get to follow the characters emotionally. We are allowed to share their horror, their amazement and their joy of discovering a new country and a new beginning, but there's also doubts as they gets deeper and deeper into the american continent and some are just to tired to make it to their destination. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman delivers superb performances as if they were acting in another Ingmar Bergman picture. All the details, the perfect cast, the perfect mood and feelings, makes this an epic you don't want to miss. Thumbs up.
Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) 1957,  Unrated)
The Celebration (Festen) 1998,  R)
The Celebration (Festen)
This is the first dogme-film i've seen. And I must say, it was really good, more authentic to the real-life.
Oslo, August 31st 2012,  Unrated)
Oslo, August 31st
Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st is certainly one of the greatest artistic achievement from Norway, which have been highly praised by many international critics and film lovers. Even Roger Ebert put this one in his top 10 of the year. But yet is wasn't chosen as the Norwegian Oscar sub-mission. We went for the big commercial and patriotic films as always does, without thinking that the same thing that appeals to Norwegians does not appeal to foreigners.

Oslo, August 31st, is the story about thirty-four-year-old Andres, a recovering drug-addict, who's given one day of from the clinic to attend a job interview for a journalist job. The interviewer finds his resume quit interesting, but found the wide gap, which is Anders' drug period. The editor doesn't judge Anders because of this. But Anders is embarrassed by this and leaves. The same day, he talk to some friends and anted some parties. But all that time, he tries to call his ex-girl friend, who lives in America, but she never answer. May this be to much for Anders. Could this cause him to go back to old sins?

Oslo, August 31st is a masterpiece of indie film making as it should be. It's both realistic, deep and a cinematic wonder. Our compassion for Anders is so strong, we root for him all the way. It's also wonderful to see a Norwegian director who learn from the big masters as Antonioni and Haneke by using some of their techniques, which to few Norwegian filmmakers does. All we go is just stupid action adventures about a bamboo raft. Overall, this is a great film, I loved it's naturalism, it's cast, dialogue and specially the ending, which you have to find out for your self. Thumbs up.
Talvisota (Winter War) 1989,  Unrated)
Talvisota (Winter War)
a master pieces of a Finnish movie. its more Realistic and trustworthy when its with Original Language. Great War movie
Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) 1978,  R)
Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)
A splendid movie, with great preformances by Liv Ullman, Lena Nyman and most of all Ingrid Bergman.
Pinchcliffe Grand Prix 1975,  G)
Edvard Munch 1976,  Unrated)
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (The Witches) (Haxan) 1929,  Unrated)
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (The Witches) (Haxan)
Benjamin Christensen's Hãxan is actually a documentary, or rather a bunch of dramatized scenarios about the theme witchcraft in the middle ages and in modern times. It shows us the medieval superstition dramatized with real demons and all, with explanations of why the people who was seduced by demons acted the way they did, not because they where cursed but because of diseases, which is perfectly demonstrated in the part of the film where we follow a lady in the present who suffers from the same distress and human weakness, but only this time instead of being crucified she's getting medical help.

Häxan is a pretty scary, macabre and mystical film, specially when it comes to the demon themselves, and the fact that this is a silent film only makes it more scary. It was actually banned in the United States and heavily censored in multiple countries because of the nudity, violence and torture, which is the element that makes it a great horror film, almost realistic in an honest way, more scary than any of the German expressionistic films, and the fact that this is actually how the medieval people thought how it actually was. A really scary film. Thumbs up.

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