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Scandinavian/Nordic Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

The Almost Man = Mer eller mindre mann (Norwegian)
"Henrik is 35 and trying to establish himself. His girlfriend is pregnant, he is in a new apartment and even starting a new job. However, Henrik and his friends always go out and party like they're 20 and act childish. Is Henrik ready to go from boy to a man?"

Bølgen = The Wave (Norwegian)
"The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family."

Den Goda viljan = The Best Intentions (Swedish)
"In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Ann Akerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. Urbane Anna can't stand living in the rural country and grows increasingly restless. She returns to Uppsala and the couple's love and commitment are put to the test. The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents."

Kerron sinulle kaiken = Open Up To Me (Finnish)
"Maarit (Leea Klemola) has successfully managed to live a double life - a male body transformed into an attractive and intelligent woman. Maarit's new life has come with a considerable price, as many transgendered individuals have discovered. Among the most painful burdens Maarit must bear is the longing to revive a fractured relationship with her daughter Pinja (Emmi Nivala). Her life take an unexpected turn the day her employer, a therapist, leaves town on an emergency and entrusts Maarit to secure the office after she is done cleaning it. Maarit can't help but to slightly overstep her bounds once the therapist leaves and explore for a few minutes a taste of this intriguing profession. A man named Sami (Peter Franzén) in the midst of a marital crisis enters unexpectedly seeking solace from the absent therapist but finds only Maarit, whose compassionate nature compels her to try to help in any way she can. The two quickly find that they share some common interests, especially soccer, a sport which was a significant part of Maarit's past life. However, Sami turns out to have deep inhibitions of his own which contend with his professional and personal life in which Maarit becomes dangerously entwined. Not one to live an existence bowing to the superficial expectations of a regimented society, Maarit endures her mistakes and manages to salvage the one relationship that makes her life worth living, and in doing so is able to come to terms with the world around her."

The Last King (Norwegian)
"Aided by rebel group the Birch Legs, the Norwegian King fights for survival against the Church's Bishopsmen, who seek to supplant the throne. On his deathbed after falling ill, the King soon welcomes a son, born in secrecy, as half the Kingdom wants him dead. Tasked with guarding the only remaining heir to the throne, two Birch Legs warriors, Skjervald and Torstein, escape with the infant and must traverse treacherous landscapes to protect their future King."

The Last Sentence  (Swedish)
"Based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler."

Rams (Icelandic)
"In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country's best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi's sheep, the entire valley comes under threat."