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Roy Andersson – Du Levande aka You, the Living (2007)

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Or, you, the living dead. The motley bunch of sad-looking characters that inhabit this series of vaguely-connected episodes of modern Stockholm life that sit somewhere between Kaurismäki, Buñuel and the Far Side cartoons all look as if they died days ago: their skins are white and drooping and their eyes look dead in their sockets. That’s life, though, Swedish director Roy Andersson seems to be saying in this most maudlin of feature-length comedy sketch shows which recalls the gallows humour of his ‘Songs from the Second Floor’ (2000). Read More »

Jan Troell – 92,8 MHz Drömmar i söder AKA 92,8 MHz Dreams in the South (2000)

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Press comment:
Not unexpectedly Troell´s contribution to the group-project facing the new millenium -“Swedish stories” – is outstanding. Here the lives of ordinary people on the countryside on Sweden´s southern tip mirror, without effort, something more general. This time we encounter some enthusiasts running a small radio station. Singing, talking, and greeting is heard, listened to and exchanged.. The image of a technology serving people and their fellowship is developed together with the one of a society not having lost its soul. —Troell is the great observer among Swedish documentarists. His brilliant cinematography and associative editing literally cuts out meaning and coherence from the visible reality.
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Bille August – Den goda viljan AKA The Best Intentions (1991)

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Scripted (but not directed) by Ingmar Bergman, Best Intentions is a multilayered backwards glance at the courtship of Bergman’s own parents. Henrik Bergman (Samuel Froler) is a struggling theology student in the year 1909. His intended, Anna Aakerbloom (Pernilla August, who married director Bille August while the film was in progress) is from a well-to-do family. Despite the expected class differences and personality clashes, love-or at least mutual understanding-prevails. But after a harsh, spare few years as the wife of a clergyman, Anna yearns for the more bountiful pleasures of her family home. Bergman writes himself into the proceedings as a mewling infant. The current three-hour theatrical version of Best Intentions (original title: Den Goda Viljan) was simultaneously prepared as a six-hour TV miniseries, which ran in Europe, Scandanavia, and Japan. Read More »

Stig Björkman – Ingmar Bergman – Bilder från lekstugan AKA Ingmar Bergman – Images from the Playground (2009)

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Images from the Playground
Short film, 2009
Behind-the-scenes compilation film directed by Stig Björkman. Depicting Ingmar Bergman on the set, both behind and in front of the camera.

The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2009, within the section “Cannes Classics”. The film is produced by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, to which Bergman donated his artistic collections in 2002, including several hours of behind-the-scenes material. Read More »

Stefan Jarl – Det Sociala Arvet AKA The Social Contract (1993)

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review(s):
Almost 15 years has passed between “A Decent Life” and “The Social Contract”, the third
and final part of Stefan Jarls mods trilogy. Stoffe has been dead for many years and his
son is almost grown up. Kenta is trying to put the past behind him and start over with his
Eva. But with all the memories and aftereffects of a hard and ruthless living it’s not the
easiest thing to do.

But it’s not easy for the children of the “mods” either, the real subjects of this movie. How
has their parents way of living, and dying, affected them, and their lives? How do they
manage not to follow in their parents footsteps? And what relationship do they have with
their parents today? Read More »

Stefan Jarl – Ett Anständigt Liv aka A Decent Life (1979)

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Description: IMDB – This anti-drug film is the second in the “Mods trilogy” the first is “They call us Mods”.It´s the same persons as in the first film: The very young people has now grown up but now they take drugs and many of them dies.Kenta and Stoffe(they meet one time in the film and plays bowling) is no longer best friends.Stoffe dies in this film because of drugs.The last film in the trilogy is about Kenta´s and Stoffe´s children. Read More »

Stefan Jarl – Dom kallar oss mods AKA They Call Us Misfits (1968)

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Description: They Call Us Misfits follows a group of teenagers as they become recipients, then victims, of Sweden’s welfare-state economy. The group eschews traditional social values, engaging in selling drugs and smugly criticizing those who adhere to a schedule and a steady job. This documentary-style film interviews young people who feel disenfranchised and out of place in the world but show little if any ambition to improve their station in life. They willingly speak of their future hopes, providing they have any, and their childhood experiences which led to their present situation and philosophical beliefs. Read More »