Sweden

CEREMONIN – THE CEREMONY – LA CÈRÈMONIE review

2015-02-05 // 0 Comments

LA CÈRÈMONIE is a superb work of art depicting sadomasochism as an “infant God’s sacred play” of submission and dominance between consenting, elegant and well-read adults. Those people do have their own definitions of love and sin, yet: “It’s all very complicated” as Beverly Charpentier puts it at a certain point. Well, the human condition is, in general [...]

IN YOUR ARMS review

2015-01-28 // 0 Comments

A film like an impressionist painting – full of light, shiny dot expertly set next to glittering dot on nature’s canvas. What a way to paint death. IN YOUR ARMS – I DINE HÆNDER is about a terminally ill young man from Denmark, Niels (Peter Plaugborg), who seeks euthanasia in Switzerland. He needs somebody to [...]

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA review

2015-01-04 // 0 Comments

The CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA are a serpent made of nothing but damp air – a meteorological phenomenon mirroring both the magic and the inescapable consequences of things we see creeping up on us. Like the chance of a lifetime, like age, love, envy or a craving for death. All of them very apt themes [...]

BRON – THE BRIDGE – DIE BRÜCKE: Nordic Noir continues

2014-12-02 // 0 Comments

Swedish TV announces a third season of BRON (Swedish for THE BRIDGE) for autumn 2015 – already sold to 120 countries. BRON (starring among others Said William Legue) is an award winning crime series which started in 2011 with an intriguing case: A female body is found on Öresund bridge, nicely cut in half – the [...]

SFF14 – films I didn’t mention

2014-11-18 // 0 Comments

Almost … these two films almost made it into my reviews, but HILL OF FREEDOM by Sang-Soo Hong became too boring (after a good start: witty dialogues, a dog named “Dream” and a well reasoned anachronic storytelling made for some fun, whereas clumsy filming and overacting destroyed much of the effect later on), and SECOND COMING touched [...]

MAPS TO THE STARS – a Cronenberg conundrum

2014-11-12 // 0 Comments

MAPS TO THE STARS , directed by David Cronenberg and written by Bruce Wagner, reminded me of NIGHTCRAWLER. It is to film business, what the latter is to news journalism – what a drama! Both films show a world of fierce competitiveness (Julianne Moore as diva Segrand, for instance) and of seriously disturbed characters (Mia Wasikowska [...]

Lena Einhorn: Blekingegatan 32

2014-11-11 // 0 Comments

Coming back home from Södermalm, from Stockholms Filmfestival, doesn’t feel so bad if one has this book to accompany the flight back to Austria. “Blekingegatan 32” is the name of the street in Stockholm Södermalm, where a certain Greta Gustafsson grew up, better known to the world as Greta Garbo. This book by Lena Einhorn (in [...]
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