SWEDEN THROUGH MOVIES

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The movie is entirely built upon Keve, a successful movie director. He has a conveniently located cabin in the Kåseberga area on Österlen in Skåne, a beautiful wife, Ann-Marie, and daughter, Nina. All things considered, he should be happy but instead he feels unharmonical, lonely and disoriented.

Intellectually stimulating and emotionally charming piece on the deadends of artistic creativity forms the centre of the film. 

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Directed by Bo Widerberg
Sweden, 1965
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This is a comedy about people who work in the theater, live for the theater, think of nothing but the theater. The director seems crazy, the art director has idiotic ideas, and the acting coach is eccentric.

It's the  film that the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme saw the night of his murder. He was even offered a part in it, as the boss of the opera house, but declined because of time restraints on a head of government.

The Mozart Brothers
Directed By - Suzanne Osten
SWEDEN, 1986

 

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Ingeborg Holm and her husband lead a prosperous existence managing a grocer’s shop. The husband unexpectedly dies, and his wife cannot keep the business going. With no money, she is forced to live in a poorhouse, away from her three children who are taken in by a family for adoption.

Sjostrom is looking for ways other than cutting and juxtaposition in order to express ideas.This in-effect gives birth to  a kind of pre-Griffithian, alternate narrative cinema, a cinema without cutting - rather than the juxtaposition of two images giving birth to an idea, the juxtaposition often takes place within the same frame. "

Ingeborg Holm
Directed by Victor Sjöström
SWEDEN,1913

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Ruben Östlund’s study of human behaviour was inspired by authentic cases in which groups of young black boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children in central Göteborg between 2006 and 2008, using an elaborate role-play which tricked the victims without having to resort to violence or threats.

This may be the kind of movie in which the title is an integral part of understanding intention. The intersections of cultures in a melting pot society requires some role playing and performance, some ascribed and internalized, some co-opted. Whatever the intentions, it gets under your skin

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Directed by Ruben Östlund
Sweden, 2011

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This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution follows Lena, a searching and rebellious young woman, is her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity.

Quite a unique work of metafiction and eroticism and political thought from Vilgot Sjöman. The first part of I Am Curious owes its debt to Godard especially in how it’s structured as a quasi-documentary. 

I Am Curious (Yellow)
Directed by Vilgot Sjöman
SWEDEN,1967

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Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love at the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships and disillusionment of the adult world around them.
Roy Andersson has a natural way of creating hilarity, even when it's not clear that he's trying. The sight of a room full of normies resplendent in their tiny hats and crayfish bibs is pure joy and a clear sign of things to come thirty years later in his wonderfully daft 'Living Trilogy'

A Swedish Love Story
Directed by Roy Andersson
SWEDEN,1970

And there's of course, Ingmar Bergman

Richard Brody in his depiction of Bergman said that accepting ridicule is essential to understanding a Bergman film. Perhaps a snippet of this can be found in his wish to title his daughter's book as - ''Laid & Slayed in Eldorado". The swede cinema behemoth wore many hats, he also was an ardent and passionate follower of theatre and arts. His films may look gloomy and dark to the common eye but the thread linking all his works is one of redemptive love. Bergman was and still is considered austere, then again the playfulness exhibited in miles of a Summer Night (1955), and the sensuality of many of his key works, including Persona (1966) and Cries & Whispers (1972) contradicts that idea. Above all Ingmar Bergman is, as Woody Allen once said -   "probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera”

Bergman and His Films