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“Love & Anarchy” (2020) by Lisa Langseth – Swedish TV series

Light, pretty, smart. Shot in beautiful Stockholm, with its classy designs and architecture.

Sofie and Max meet at a workplace and develop a particular bond which leads them through harmless craziness together. To a point, when it is no longer harmless and begins to become harmful.

Rich in relationships on multiple level. Clashes of old v. young, old habits v. modernity, analogue v. digital, parents v. children, partners in business, partners at home.

Pleasant experience and beautiful to watch – with realistic personalities and faces and surprising twists.

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Apflickorna (She Monkeys) by Lisa Aschan (2011)

Tale of competition, cruel games, love, fascination and friendship.

The film tells the story of two young girls who practice together a what seems to be quite risky sport of horse riding acrobatics – professionally called equestrian vaulting.

Both girls – Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) and Cassandra (Linda Molin) are very pretty – each one in her own way. Emma has a younger sister, who aspires to be the third leading role and as a trio the ensemble works out quite well.

When it comes to the story itself and the way in which it is told – it is a very nice film with a great pace, warmly attempting at depicting the relationship between Emma and Cassandra, in which Emma seems to be the defeated for most of the time given Cassandra can be perceived as an evil character. It is hard to say whether she is jealous of Emma whom she thinks of as a rival or if she is in love with her, which adds the lovely level of ambiguity which is more than desired in this kind of cinema. A recommend.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher

Mr Fincher, you are a genius.
Your version of the book adaptation is infinitely better than the Swedish one.

I am a fan of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy and have obviously watched all three Swedish episodes of the Millennium trilogy.

That you have selected Daniel Craig to be Mikael Blomkvist was one of the greatest ideas! That you have decided to create proper old school intro to the film, which in itself is a piece of art – a thrilling combination of Bond films intros with Matrix, that you have braved the length of 158minutes, that you have gone so bold – for all that, you deserve a big applause.

I cannot wait the next two parts. Good Luck!

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Savage by Martin Jern, Emil Larsson

Swedish tale with no hope for youngsters in the cursed community that only has one church, one night club, one bar and numerous young people with no future.

It’s a bitter story which is surprisingly universal and brings to mind the recent riots in London. Mainly because it is a portrait of young people who living in the consumerist society cannot find their place in the world. Partly because they refuse the uniform of a 9 to 5 job, partly because they have either no support from their parents or because their parents live in a parallel intelectual and existential vacuum.

Painful and not really shocking unfortunately. A very sad vision of contemporary world.

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Between Two Fires by Agnieszka Lukasiak (2011)

Agnieszka Lukasiak is a Polish born Swedish film director.

The film tells the story of a young Polish woman with 11-year old daughter escaping from a cruel Belarussian partner and his gangster mates commercially interested in the beauty of the lovely child.

Magdalena Poplawska, who plays the mother, impersonates a typical brave Polish woman. Having heard of a friend who succeeded after immigrating to Sweden, she decides to go there.

Nothing is ever as beautiful as it sounds, therefore her trip is suspiciously easy until she finds herself at a refugee camp, where tough reality meets the expectations.

The film is a feature debut of the young director and clearly depicts great talent.

The situation of immigrants is presented with a documentalist eye. The ruthless bureaucratic system is like a gravestone that will not move an inch no matter how many tears an immigrant sheds.

Between Two Fires is both optimistic and realistic. Very much like in life, there are beautiful things happening and very dramatical ones at almost the same time. The director’s philosophy seems to flow through the mouth of the female supporting role – Anissa.

I definitely recommend this one. It carries universal truths and values, when the technicalities seem to be transparent and effortlessly deliver a brilliant and important film.

5 stars.

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