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on 9 Jun 2012 04:20

 
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Recent Scandinavian gems

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1. Steam of Life (2010)
Finnish men are famously taciturn, but they open up in the sauna in this superb heartwarming doc.
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People who added this item 150  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
2. Oslo, August 31st (2011)
This film asks a very challenging question: is life after rehab worth living? And the answers are decidedly ambiguous.
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People who added this item 159  Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
3. The Bothersomme Man (2006)
A blackly comic vision of a nordic purgatory where no-one really feels love, and hot chocolate has no taste, but all claim to be happy.
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People who added this item 251  Average listal rating (157 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
4. Adam's Apples (2005)
Shockingly dark comedy that is ultimately quite moving, handling its simple but powerful theme with a light touch. It is also laugh out loud funny.
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People who added this item 72  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.5 
5. Four Shades of Brown (2004)
A bit like Todd Solondz' Happiness, only more ambitious. Jet black comedy that goes into some very dark places but is still surreally funny.
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People who added this item 68  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
6. Kitchen Stories (2003)
A really sweet story of the slowly thawing relationship between a Swedish scientific observer, and his cranky old Norwegian subject.
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People who added this item 88  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
7. A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)
Skarsgard underplays for once in this very dry comedy with real sympathy for its almost grotesque characters. Very enjoyable.
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People who added this item 365  Average listal rating (196 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
8. The Man Without a Past (2002)
A lovely film about human kindness and the inhumanity of institutions, completely unsentimental and laced with bone-dry Finnish humour. A treat.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 5.8 
9. Dragonfly (2001)
An excellently tense thriller, full of ambiguity and with top-notch acting, especially from Bodnia.
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People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
10. Nói Albínói (2003)
Bleak tale of teenage alienation in remote town in Iceland, well acted with touches of dark humour. Also a fascinating view of a world I know nothing about. The ending is sort of like the negative of the end of 'Three Colours Red'.
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
11. Troubled Water (2008)
Harrowing and very moving story of forgiveness and redemption. Excellent photography and unusual direction and editing make this all the more powerful, even if events are a little too neat.
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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.8 
12. Junk Mail (1997)
A blackly comic love story between 2 outsiders in a grimy, beautifully shot Oslo.
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People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
13. Aberdeen (2000)
Lena Headey goes on a road trip to Norway to find her estranged, alcoholic father. Treads a fine line between pitch-black comedy and tragedy.
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People who added this item 239  Average listal rating (129 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
14. After the Wedding (2006)
Bier is great at capturing emotions with her swirling, intimate camerawork, although she crossed the line into overwrought slightly towards the end.
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People who added this item 94  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
15. Open Hearts (2002)
Somehow the honesty of the characters navigates us through this minefield of a scenario. Great cast, although I found the Dogme style distracting, even though it probably created the conditions for such intimate and honest performances.
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People who added this item 72  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
16. Flickering Lights (2000)
Enjoyable redemption tale with black humour and a sweet heart.
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People who added this item 91  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
17. King of Devil's Island (2010)
Strong drama with excellent performances from the young cast and stunning cinematography. It's a tale we've heard before, but here it is told very well, even poetically at times.
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People who added this item 137  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
18. Frozen Land (2005)
An interconnected tale of snowballing consequences, well-made but unrelentingly bleak.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.4 
19. Fear Me Not (2008)
Nicely shot and well-acted psycho-drama with a slow-burning tension.
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People who added this item 151  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
20. Next Door (2005)
Pretty brutal and ugly psychosexual thriller, lifted by a compelling performance by Joner.
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People who added this item 50  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
21. Terribly Happy (2008)
Kind of a noir League of Gentleman in the Danish bog.
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People who added this item 98  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
22. In China They Eat Dogs (1999)
A strange, sometimes uneasy mix of violent crime action, dark comedy and slapstick. It's very un-PC, but I guess most gangsters are. Entertaining.
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People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
23. The Green Butchers (2003)
Slightly uneasy mix of the blackest comedy with drama. The script is really funny at times, but it's played so straight it ends up being a bit disturbing. Odd.
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People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
24. Old Men in New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs ... (2002)
The pacing in this prequel to In China They Kill Dogs is not as tight, but this is still a lot of fun.
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Northern Europe has been making some brilliant films in the last 10 years. Often featuring black, deadpan humour, and the quality of the light up north makes them all very cinematic.

This list of some of the lesser-known Scandie films I've enjoyed, top-rated first.

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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 1 3:03
definitely making my way through this list, thank you! I watch Adam's Apples and The Green Butchers tonight. awesome!

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