Big problem here. I haven't seen many. And I regret that, especially that I've only seen two Bergman films (one...listed below, the other...Wild Strawberries...which I didn't love). I have yet to truly LOVE a movie of any of the Scandinavian countries. But, when you've only seen a total of four, the odds just aren't there.
Let's face it: I'm American. And I always go to American films first. The problem is that there are SO MANY movies produced here in my home country, I can hardly keep up with everything I want to see. That makes it doubly hard to see a lot of World Cinema. I try to get to the foreign language critical darlings each year but even that is a challenge.
So, I offer you, on this Thursday, three quick picks as part of Wandering through the Shelves Thursday Movie Picks, movies I've seen that fit the category but that I can scarcely say I love, or even remember that well.
Here are my picks:
dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1966
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
dir. Niels Arden Oplev, 2009
Language: Swedish and some English
In a Better World
dir. Susanne Bier, 2010
Language: Danish with some Swedish, English, and Arabic
Four Ways a Best Picture 2010 for my full thoughts. I found this movie quite effective most of the way through but expected a stronger ending and felt a bit let down. It's solidly well-made though and brilliantly performed by a cast of top-notch Scandinavian actors.