Friday, January 22, 2010

Swedish Films

It is my observation that Swedes have an uncanny ability to capture the most sincere aspects of adolescence. I saw three movies this past year that indicated just that to me. If you ever hear of a Swedish film being shown and know nothing about it -- I urge you to go see it. I have not seen one yet that I have not liked immensely.

Show me Love



Show Me Love is a film that depicts early teenage years (and relationships) mainly through a developing romantic relationship between two young girls. I had never heard of this movie, but it was purchased for me based on my love for the Flickan the movie below.

Flickan (The Girl)


This film is a must see (if you can find it). It has been playing in festivals all year and I was lucky enough to see it during the Vancouver Film Festival. It is a beautiful movie. It is quiet, sincere and so lovely. It is the type of film I want to live inside of. A young girl is left in Sweden to be babysat by her aunt as her parents and brother depart to Africa for the summer. Angry that she is too young to go, she is determined to be independent.

Watch a trailer for the film here.

Let the Right One In


This movie saw more wide spread popularity than the two films previous. I wouldn't call it a 'vampire movie' but the theme is there. Again -- it is beautiful. From the scenery, to the youthful relationships (both bad and good), to the presence of gorgeous Swedish design this movie is spot on.

7 comments:

Meg said...

excellent... i will definitely work on seeing more swedish films!

Anna said...

these are definitely going on my netflix queue!

Hip Hip Gin Gin said...

These sound really interesting, I've been into foreign language films lately so they will definitely go on my list.
A lovely french film I saw recently, "I've Loved You So Long" is one to check out as well. Fair warning it is what I would call "heavy" so you have to be in the right mood.

Hege Evensen said...

as a Norwegian I have seen, of course, Swedish movies, like the one at the top - show me love - completely agree, they can make movies!

sb said...

love discovering new foreign films to fall in love with.

thanks for the recs...and happy weekend to you!
xo,
sylvie

Mo said...

I will have to check these out. I have realized recently that all of my favorite bands rotating on my lastfm & pandora stations have been Swedish. I'm sure I'll love their films as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Misty said...

I just received a recommendation for "Let the Right One In" and its in my Netflix Instant Queue right now. I can't wait to watch it.

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