Movie Review – About Endlessness (Om det oändliga)

About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) Sweden (2019) Dir. Roy Andersson Preface: I know I am a martyr to myself for watching esoteric arthouse films others seem to love which I end up confused and underwhelmed by, but you never know when you might find one you do get on with. If you don’t try, you’ll … Continue reading Movie Review – About Endlessness (Om det oändliga)

Movie Review – Britt-Marie Was Here (Britt-Marie var här)

Britt-Marie Was Here (Britt-Marie var här) Sweden (2019) Dir. Tuva Novotny You think you may be living a full life even if it is one governed by routine and duty, and all is well. Then, you get a huge wake-up call and everything you have done during your adult existence has effectively been for nothing. … Continue reading Movie Review – Britt-Marie Was Here (Britt-Marie var här)

Koko-di Koko-da

Koko-di Koko-da Sweden/Demark (2019) Dir. Johannes Nyholm I have to apologise in advance for any glibness in this review because Koko-di Koko-da is one of those surreal arthouse films heavy on symbolism that exposes ol’ MIB as a bit of a thicko, since I was unable to follow everything that was going on. On a … Continue reading Koko-di Koko-da

Holiday

Holiday Sweden/Denmark (2018) Dir. Isabella Eklöf Everybody likes going on a holiday - the sun, the sites, the beach, the nightlife, the psychological abuse… Yes, the trip to warmer climes and relaxation in this debut from Swedish director Isabella Eklöf isn’t your usual two-week getaway. Sascha (Victoria Carmen Sonne) the young girlfriend of Danish drug … Continue reading Holiday

Midsommar (Director’s Cut)

Midsommar (Director’s Cut) US/Sweden (2019) Dir. Ari Aster Some things are best left alone. Curiosity may get the better of you but fighting it is the most prudent thing you can do. There is a reason why people are afraid of the unknown and why this isn’t always a bad thing. And most importantly of … Continue reading Midsommar (Director’s Cut)

Aniara

Aniara (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 106 mins approx. Mankind is doing a great job in driving the earth towards Armageddon if climate change protestors are to be believed, with the latest group to express their concerns going by the subtle name of Extinction Rebellion. But if the earth does … Continue reading Aniara

Border (Gräns)

Border (Gräns) Sweden (2018) Dir. Ali Abbasi Scandinavian folklore has been inventively fanciful but also rather dark compared to many other nations, which might explain why their horror stories always have a distant but palpably needling sense of plausibility about them. Or maybe their grey landscapes simply encourage bleak thoughts? Tina (Eva Melander) is a … Continue reading Border (Gräns)

Videoman

Videoman (Cert 18) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 94 minutes approx. You know you are getting old when youngsters these days don’t even know what dial-up internet is, let alone CDs, vinyl and cassettes. For film buffs this extends to the VHS, and with streaming even threatening to make DVDs and Blu-rays … Continue reading Videoman

Amateurs (Amatörer)

Amateurs (Amatörer) Sweden (2018) Dir. Gabriela Pichler What does it mean to be part of a community? Does it matter if you are native to the country it is in or if you are a long time resident immigrant who has contributed just as much to the prosperity of the community as the others? In … Continue reading Amateurs (Amatörer)

Tommy

Tommy Sweden (2014) Dir. Tarik Saleh  Hopefully the production details of this film will have made it abundantly clear that there are no deaf, dumb, and blind pinball wizards here so we can get that reference out of the way. What we do have is a gritty slice of Nordic Noir putting a unique and … Continue reading Tommy