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Nordic Challenge (Official, June 2022)

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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland

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Bits and pieces here bring to mind Walerian Borowczyk's The Beast, though this a lot more graphic, not only in terms of phallic imagery but splatter and gore too as all imaginable parts of the human body get ripped apart. The scenes of the bunny swinging its member around and phallus point-of-view shots need to be seen to be believed, while there is much dark comedy as the bunny mistakes all sorts of things for "pussssssy". A really whack, WTF NSFW film.

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47. Head Above Water (1993) - 6/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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19. The Quake (2018, Andersen) 4/10 #Norway
Sweden: 14 / Denmark: 2 / Norway: 2 / Finland: 1
01. Intermezzo (1936, Molander) 5,5/10 #Sweden
02. A Woman's Face (1938, Molander) 6/10 #Sweden
03. Ordet (1943, Molander) 6/10 #Sweden
04. Terribly Happy (2008, Genz) 6/10 #Denmark
05. Sebbe (2010, Najafi) 6/10 #Sweden
06. Here Is Your Life (1966, Troell) 7,5/10 #Sweden
07. Who Saw Him Die? (1968, Troell) 7/10 #Sweden
08. As White as in Snow (2001, Troell) 7/10 #Sweden
09. Only a Mother (1959, Sjöberg) 6/10 #Sweden
10. Hugo and Josephine (1967, Grede) 5,5/10 #Sweden
11. Winter Brothers (2017, Palmason) 5/10 #Denmark
12. Border (2018, Abbasi) 6/10 #Sweden
13. The Apple War (1971, Danielsson) 3/10 #Sweden
14. Release the Prisoners to Spring (1975, Danielsson) 2,5/10 #Sweden
15. The Adventures of Picasso (1978, Danielsson) 4/10 #Sweden
16. Girl with Hyacinths (1950, Ekman) 6,5/10 #Sweden
17. The White Reindeer (1952, Blomberg) 5,5/10 #Finland
18. The Wave (2015, Uthaug) 6,5/10 #Norway
19. The Quake (2018, Andersen) 4/10 #Norway
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48. DRIB (2017) - 5/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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4. En passion - The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman, 1969) 7/10 ... Sweden
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Spoiler
1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland

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The highest ranked film in the Yle News poll, this whodunit comedy is clearly popular in Finland; as an outsider looking in though, the film does not really feel all that amazing - and its attempts to be both a jolly comedy and an intricate murder mystery do not quite align. The eventual solution feels overly intricate too and involves something that really should have been obvious without a magnifying glass. This was okay; just not nearly the best Suomi film.

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49. O' Horten (2007) - 6/10 (Norway)
50. Out of Nature (2014) - 8/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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Hi there! I realized that a handful of my June viewings qualify for your challenge, so why not leave a participation .. :sweat:

1. Total Balalaika Show (1994) (Finland) (7/10)
2. Drifting Clouds (1996) (Finland) (7,5/10)
3. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) (Finland) (6/10)
4. Pelle the Conqueror (1987) (Denmark) (7/10)
5. Play (2011) (Sweden) (6,5/10)
6. Zero Kelvin (1995) (Norway) (7,5/10)

[edit]Wait a second - Pelle is about equally as Danish as Swedish! It won an Academy Award for Denmark, but the Wikipedia also knows: "a co-production by Danish and Swedish companies. As the story had both Danish and Swedish elements, cooperation between producers in both countries had practical benefit.[5]" Danish book, director and boy, but Swedish main role and money involved .. I changed it to Denmark if Ferg peep doesn't decide otherwise.
sol wrote: June 18th, 2022, 4:20 pm 53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
This has some truly uncanny moments, including one brother going on a date with a psychologist to score a free therapy session, cast iron pots whacked on men who emerge uninjured and cruising for nookie at a retirement home. The film tries to build up to a shocking reveal though, yet it is easy to guess what is going on long before the characters realise it. That said, there is ample weirdness going on here with hybrid animals and facial reconstructive surgery.
Oh yeah, gentlemen, Anders Thomas Jensen! Too bad you're not a great fan overall as I see .. I assume you were already familiar with Adam's Apples? Actually, none of his films are less than very good for me, thanks to his stellar regular cast. Other nations just don't make black comedies as well as those Danes.
maxwelldeux wrote: June 3rd, 2022, 6:32 pm 2. A Man Called Ove (2015, Sweden) 8/10
A delightfully charming comedy about a grumpy old man reluctantly helping people so that he can kill himself. This really resonated with me - if Ove is a 10/10 on grumpiness, my dad is probably an 8.5 and I'm a 7.5. Much of the film hit really close to home on the emotional substance behind the actions. Very cool.
Good summary. Love me some grumpy old men on screen. :D
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I used to post in this forum years ago, but messed up my log-in, so am here with a new name. I'd like to join this challenge! These are the Nordic films I've watched this month. I will add TV shows over 40 minutes if I understood it correctly that they count.

1. Blodveien (The Blood Road) Norway/Yugoslavia, 1955 *
2. Tilsammans (Together) Sweden, 2000
3. Uno Norway, 2004
4. Max Manus (Man of War) Norway, 2008 (commentary track)
5. Kona fer í stríð (Woman at War) Iceland, 2018 *
6. Villmark 2 (Dark Woods 2) Norway, 2015
7. Orions belte (Orion's Belt) Norway, 1985
8. Zoo Denmark/Sweden, 2018 *
9. Detektor (Detector) Norway, 2000
10. Mars & Venus Norway, 2007 *

* denotes first-time viewing
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Torgo wrote: June 25th, 2022, 4:42 pm
sol wrote: June 18th, 2022, 4:20 pm 53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
This has some truly uncanny moments, including one brother going on a date with a psychologist to score a free therapy session, cast iron pots whacked on men who emerge uninjured and cruising for nookie at a retirement home. The film tries to build up to a shocking reveal though, yet it is easy to guess what is going on long before the characters realise it. That said, there is ample weirdness going on here with hybrid animals and facial reconstructive surgery.
Oh yeah, gentlemen, Anders Thomas Jensen! Too bad you're not a great fan overall as I see .. I assume you were already familiar with Adam's Apples? Actually, none of his films are less than very good for me, thanks to his stellar regular cast. Other nations just don't make black comedies as well as those Danes.
Yeah, unfortunately not a fan. As I commented on the Run the Director thread, I think he's kind of terrible. Men & Chicken is certainly the one that worked the best for me so far since it tries to be a comedy throughout. His other films though don't really strike me as black comedies - more melodramas with black comedy elements thrown in, and I dislike melodrama. Not seen Adam's Apples and sadly I am not really interested now to be perfectly honest. :/
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magnusbernhardsen wrote: June 25th, 2022, 10:08 pm I will add TV shows over 40 minutes if I understood it correctly that they count.
80 minutes of TV = 1pt, so if you're watching a TV show with 40+ minute episodes, every two episodes will score you a point.

And welcome, I guess. If you ask Adam and Lauren, they might be able to merge you with your old account if you know your old username.
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Good timing after my disparaging comments on ATJ above; this comedy written (but not directed) by him trumps Men & Chicken to be my new pick for his best film, if it counts. :unsure:
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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland
65. In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Denmark

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While the premise is certainly very offbeat, it is hard to know what to make of this at first; Dejan Čukić always seems like such a clueless and gullible pushover that it is hard to get behind his attempts to make amends (as he sees it) for getting a robber arrested. The second half of the film goes in some very interesting directions though after a certain reveal, mixing bleakness and dark humour well. The action towards the end is also well orchestrated.

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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland
65. In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Denmark
66. It Came from the Desert (2017) Finland

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This creature feature begins weakly, focusing on blah male bonding and difficulties with getting girls. Once the pair venture down into the experimental underground facility where super ants are being bred though, the film starts to really get fun with a mock 1950s style "duck and cover" video rewritten for ants plus of course a lot of giant ant hysteria. The film nicely never takes itself too seriously either with the ants manically laughing and guzzling beer.

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magnusbernhardsen wrote: June 25th, 2022, 10:08 pm I used to post in this forum years ago, but messed up my log-in, so am here with a new name.
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51. Next Door (2005) - 6/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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1 - Ordet (1955) - 8.5/10 - Denmark - An aging widower on a Danish farm in 1925 has his three sons living with him. The oldest is an agnostic with a pregnant wife and two daughters. The middle son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The youngest son is in love with the tailor's daughter, but faith may separate them. In some ways, it is a fairly simple tale of faith and belief, but it is crafted very well and there are good performances throughout.
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11. Tottori! Sommeren vi var alene (Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers) Norway, 2020

A very charming children's movie, well acted by the child actors.
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magnusbernhardsen wrote: June 25th, 2022, 10:08 pm I used to post in this forum years ago, but messed up my log-in, so am here with a new name. I'd like to join this challenge! These are the Nordic films I've watched this month. I will add TV shows over 40 minutes if I understood it correctly that they count.

1. Blodveien (The Blood Road) Norway/Yugoslavia, 1955 *
2. Tilsammans (Together) Sweden, 2000
3. Uno Norway, 2004
4. Max Manus (Man of War) Norway, 2008 (commentary track)
5. Kona fer í stríð (Woman at War) Iceland, 2018 *
6. Villmark 2 (Dark Woods 2) Norway, 2015
7. Orions belte (Orion's Belt) Norway, 1985
8. Zoo Denmark/Sweden, 2018 *
9. Detektor (Detector) Norway, 2000
10. Mars & Venus Norway, 2007 *

* denotes first-time viewing
As sol said it's 80 min/ point. Welcome back and to the challenge :cheers:
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6. Winter Light (1963, Sweden)
Occasionally Bergman really strikes out. This brief story, set during a single day in a small Swedish village, features the emotional anguish of almost every character. And yet, I felt no emotional reaction to any of it. Winter Light seems less like a Bergman movie and more like a parody of a Bergman movie, filled with static close-ups of actors speaking abstruse spiritual babble directly into the camera.
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20. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988, Leszczylowsk) 7,5/10 #Sweden
Sweden: 15 / Denmark: 2 / Norway: 2 / Finland: 1
01. Intermezzo (1936, Molander) 5,5/10 #Sweden
02. A Woman's Face (1938, Molander) 6/10 #Sweden
03. Ordet (1943, Molander) 6/10 #Sweden
04. Terribly Happy (2008, Genz) 6/10 #Denmark
05. Sebbe (2010, Najafi) 6/10 #Sweden
06. Here Is Your Life (1966, Troell) 7,5/10 #Sweden
07. Who Saw Him Die? (1968, Troell) 7/10 #Sweden
08. As White as in Snow (2001, Troell) 7/10 #Sweden
09. Only a Mother (1959, Sjöberg) 6/10 #Sweden
10. Hugo and Josephine (1967, Grede) 5,5/10 #Sweden
11. Winter Brothers (2017, Palmason) 5/10 #Denmark
12. Border (2018, Abbasi) 6/10 #Sweden
13. The Apple War (1971, Danielsson) 3/10 #Sweden
14. Release the Prisoners to Spring (1975, Danielsson) 2,5/10 #Sweden
15. The Adventures of Picasso (1978, Danielsson) 4/10 #Sweden
16. Girl with Hyacinths (1950, Ekman) 6,5/10 #Sweden
17. The White Reindeer (1952, Blomberg) 5,5/10 #Finland
18. The Wave (2015, Uthaug) 6,5/10 #Norway
19. The Quake (2018, Andersen) 4/10 #Norway
20. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988, Leszczylowsk) 7,5/10 #Sweden
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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland
65. In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Denmark
66. It Came from the Desert (2017) Finland
67. Your Flesh -- Your Curse (2017) Denmark

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Exactly what is going on is always vague and unclear here, but there is certainly rape, death and suicidal tendencies; also some incest and torture for good measure. Confusing as the film undoubtedly is though, it certainly leaves an indelible impact with its protagonist trapped in what seems to be limbo and forced to evaluate the events that brought her there. The movie also owes a sizeable debt to Donnie Darko with the whispering masked man a la Frank.

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12. Fjellet (The Mountain) Norway, 2011

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I really wanted to like this more than I did. It is a terrific premise, two women hiking in the mountains to deal with a trauma. We learn more and more about their relation and about what happened up there,
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but none of these revelations are really unexpected. It is nice that the film doesn't try to shock us or fool us, it is a very straight forward story about these two women.
The scenery and photography is beautiful, the acting is very good. There just isn't really a sense of why this film should have been made or why anyone should see it.
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magnusbernhardsen wrote: June 26th, 2022, 4:42 pm 11. Tottori! Sommeren vi var alene (Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers) Norway, 2020
magnusbernhardsen wrote: June 27th, 2022, 11:15 am 11. Fjellet (The Mountain) Norway, 2011
Hey magnus, you're already one step further! :D
sol wrote: June 27th, 2022, 10:18 am whispering masked man a la Frank.
Your mention of Frank is rather funny. Take a look at the role names for my next log. :woot:

7. Calamari Union (1985) (Finland) (5,5/10)

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1. Total Balalaika Show (1994) (Finland) (7/10)
2. Drifting Clouds (1996) (Finland) (7,5/10)
3. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) (Finland) (6/10)
4. Pelle the Conqueror (1987) (Denmark) (7/10)
5. Play (2011) (Sweden) (6,5/10)
6. Zero Kelvin (1995) (Norway) (7,5/10)
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Torgo wrote: June 27th, 2022, 12:10 pm
sol wrote: June 27th, 2022, 10:18 am whispering masked man a la Frank.
Your mention of Frank is rather funny. Take a look at the role names for my next log. :woot:

7. Calamari Union (1985) (Finland) (5,5/10)
Dafuq? Haven't seen the film so no idea what's going on there, but that's weird indeed. Not quite as weird though as the Danes trying to remake Donnie Darko as an existential torture porn horror movie. :blink:
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OP update.

Sol is still comfortably in the lead and Traveller is the only one even close...
On the country totals it's a battle between Denmark and Sweden at the moment, but (largely thanks to Traveller) Norway is making strides.

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52. Haunted (2017) - 2/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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Torgo wrote: June 27th, 2022, 12:10 pm Hey magnus, you're already one step further! :D
Maths are hard!
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13. Breeder Denmark, 2020

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Aspires to be a combo of Martyrs and Hostel, but it kinda ends up with more piss than blood. It starts out intriguing, but it just get gross.
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14. Mestari Cheng (Master Cheng) Finland, 2019

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A saccarine movie about a Chinese chef who ends up in the Finnish countryside. It is a great movie to watch with the whole family for Christmas or something. All conflicts are easily resolved, xenophobia is defeated by a fish soup. I still liked it though.
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15. Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (You Said What?) Norway, 2011

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This was kinda shit, but there are som nuggets of gold in between. The story is about a group of losers who make a fake audition for movie in order to score girls. They manage to get funding, and then have to make the movie. Peter Stormare has a great cameo, Pia Tjelta is funny as production assistant. The movie is 45 minutes too long, but I still watched the deleted scenes and bloopers, and although I snickered a bit of the movie, I laughed out loud at those parts.
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16. Torsk på Tallin (Screwed in Tallinn) Sweden, 1999

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Mockumentary about a group of lonely Swedish men who go on a bus trip to Tallinn in Estonia to find love. A lot of second hand embarassment,
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5. Sommarnattens leende - Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955) 9/10 ... Sweden
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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland
65. In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Denmark
66. It Came from the Desert (2017) Finland
67. Your Flesh -- Your Curse (2017) Denmark
68. Dogs Don't Wear Pants (2019) Finland

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As the morose and vulnerable protagonist, Pekka Strang really shines here and the film boasts some stellar neon red and neon blue visuals; overall though, the film is a bit of a mixed bag. The movie seems to assume that BDSM is merely something sought out by those grieving or with gaps in their lives. The dominatrix character is also a bit odd; a supposed professional but totally freaked out when a single session with Strang goes too far. Odd ending too.

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5. Koko-di Koko-da (2019, Denmark) 6
6. Aftenlandet (1977, Denmark) 6
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1a. Riget (1994): Den hvide flok
1b. Riget (1994): Alliancen kalder
2a. Riget (1994): Et fremmed legeme
2b. Riget (1994): De levende dode
3a. Riget (1997): Mors in Tabula
3b. Riget (1997): Trækfugle
4a. Riget (1997): Gargantua
4b. Riget (1997): Pandæmonium
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1. The Worst Person in the World (2021) Norway
2. The White Reindeer (1952) Finland
3. The Innocents (2021) Norway
4. Involuntary (2008) Sweden
5. The Deep (2012) Iceland
6. Kill Buljo (2007) Norway
7. Knocking (2021) Sweden
8. Kon-Tiki (1950) Norway
9. Holiday (2018) Denmark
10. I blodet (2016) Denmark
11. The Trip (2021) Norway
12. Tuftland (2017) Finland
13. Corridor (2010) Sweden
14. Gilbert's Revenge (2016) Norway
15. Ronja Rövardotter (1984) Sweden
16. Atlantic Rhapsody (1990) Faroe Islands
17. Jar City (2006) Iceland
18. Jackpot (2011) Norway
19. Juha (1999) Finland
20. Play (2011) Sweden
21. Hevn (2015) Norway
22. Resin (2019) Denmark
23. Bleeder (1999) Denmark
24. Breeder (2020) Denmark
25. Død Snø (2009) Norway REVISION
26. Død Snø 2 (2014) Norway REVISION
27. Supercool (2021) Finland
28. Antboy II (2014) Denmark
29. Antboy 3 (2016) Denmark
30. Pusher 3 (2005) Denmark
31. The Mare (2020) Norway
32. The Wave (2015) Norway
33. Entombed (2020) Norway
34. Everywhen (2013) Norway
35. Euthanizer (2017) Finland
36. Heavy Trip (2018) Finland
37. The Return (1992) Denmark
38. Orion's Belt (1985) Norway
39. Cutterhead (2018) Denmark
40. Midsommer (2003) Denmark
41. The Square (2017) Sweden REVISION
42. Gritt (2021) Norway
43. Lamb (2021) Iceland
44. Force Majeure (2014) Sweden REVISION
45. 101 Reykjavik (2000) Iceland
46. Crazy Finland (1967) Finland
47. Happy Ending (2018) Denmark
48. Up and Away! (2018) Denmark
49. The Exception (2019) Denmark
50. Skeleton Crew (2009) Finland
51. The Big Freeze (1993) Finland
52. Feed the Light (2014) Sweden
53. Men & Chicken (2015) Denmark
54. Under the Tree (2017) Iceland
55. The Ringmaster (2018) Denmark
56. Oskar's America (2017) Norway
57. Flickering Lights (2000) Denmark
58. Riders of Justice (2020) Denmark
59. Lake of the Dead (1958) Norway
60. Small Town Killers (2017) Denmark
61. Think of a Number (1969) Denmark
62. The Green Butchers (2003) Denmark
63. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015) Finland
64. Inspector Palmu's Error (1960) Finland
65. In China They Eat Dogs (1999) Denmark
66. It Came from the Desert (2017) Finland
67. Your Flesh -- Your Curse (2017) Denmark
68. Dogs Don't Wear Pants (2019) Finland
69. Niko: Lentäjän Poika (2008) Finland

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A Christmassy comedy from Finland. The young reindeer protagonist is a bit too whiny to ever really be likeable, but his squirrel companion has quite a bit of spunk - and the film establishes a surrogate father/bond between them that goes a bit deeper and darker than one might expect in a children's movie. Generally speaking though, the film only works in bits and pieces. There is, however, a very funny and catchy reworking of 'Santa Baby' at least.

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53. Mortal (2020) - 2/10 (Norway)
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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17. Masjävlar (The Dalecarlians) Sweden, 2004

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I don't really get why this is so acclaimed/popular. I guess we all know the feeling of returning "home" and how others don't understand our accomplishments, but that is also such an old trope in literature and film. I really loved the Dalecarlian accent, and there are some entertaining scenes, but there wasn't much here for me.
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18. Gunda Norway, 2020

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Beautifully shot, just following farm animals around. It couldn't hold on to my interest, though. Maybe if I watched it in a theater it could have worked, but I just failed to get involved. Cute piglets.
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And don't forget the majestic running herd of cows!
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True! The animals were all wonderful, of course, and I could gladly watch them all the time, but I didn't really connect to it as a film.
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