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Scandinavian/Nordic Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Swedish Titles (K-Z)

Swedish Titles (K-Z)

The Last Sentence
"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."

Låt den rätte komma in  = Let the Right One In
"12-year-old Oskar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends. She has moved into his building. Oskar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, suspicions mount from her neighbors and police. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oskar the only way she knows how."

Män som hatar kvinnor
"Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered, and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate--with troubling results."

Maria Larssons Eviga Ögonblick = Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moments
"Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson wins a camera in a lottery and finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time."

Miss Julie = Fröken Julie
"The daughter of a rich businessman falls for her father's servant, and a battle of sexes and classes ensues."

Mitt liv som hund  = My life As a Dog
"Ingemar is a working-class 12-year old boy who is sent to live with his uncle after his mother falls ill. There, he takes refuge from his troubles with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. A bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood and the pains of coming-of-age."

Offret = Sacrificatio
"Alexander's family has gathered at his remote cottage to celebrate, but the festivities are marred by family squabbling and then by the news that the low-flying jet planes are the start of a nuclear war between the superpowers. As the terror sinks in for the family, Alexander is troubled by strange dreams until Otto the postman informs him that he may have the power to save the world by making a terrible sacrifice."

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
"When Allan lands in a nursing home, he refuses to celebrate his 100th birthday and instead escapes out a window to embark on a journey that involves a suitcase of cash and a gang of criminals. Flashbacks reveal that Allan played a key role in 20th century history when he was pals with U.S. presidents and Russian tyrants."

The Passion of Anna
"In this stark drama, Max Von Sydow plays Andreas, a loner who, despite himself, becomes involved with three of his island neighbors: a Machiavellian architect, his formless wife and the beautiful widow Anna (Liv Ullmann), a moralist who sustains herself with illusion."

Pelle erobreren = Pelle the Conqueror
"A boat filled with Swedish immigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm at the end of the 19th Century. Lasse and his son Pelle find work on a farm, but are treated very poorly. Pelle is determined to make a better life."

"A famous actress is stricken with psychosomatic dumbness and is placed under a nurse's care in an isolated house, where the two gradually assume each other's personalities."

Salmer fra kjøkkenet
"A Swedish efficiency expert under strict orders not to interact with his subject is sent to improve a Norwegian farmer's culinary efforts. But the sly old farmer much prefers to amuse himself by impeding the timid researcher's work! Soon, in the struggle between neutral observation and the need for human interaction, the kitchen becomes a battleground!"

Så̊ som i himmelen  = As It Is in Heaven
"Daniel, a successful international conductor, returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and nothing in the village is the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends, and finds love."

Same blod = Sami Blood
"Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930's and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture."

Scener ur ett äktenskap = Scenes from a Marriage
"Marianne and Johan always seemed to be the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. Chronicles ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Portrays the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving."

"...probes the atrocities of war-both internal and external-as a young couple struggles to survive while the world around them crumbles into chaos."

Show Me Love
"Story of Agnes, Elin and their teenage friends growing up in the small town of Åmål. Nothing ever happens until Elin shows up at Agnes' birthday party and Elin's life takes an unexpected turn. Stuck in the middle of two love interests, Elin tries to come to terms with her real self, and the courage it takes to be different."

The Silence
"While traveling back home by train, Anna, her son Johan and her sister Ester that is very ill have to stop in a foreign country in Timoka City and checking-in a hotel until Ester recovers from a crisis of her illness. Ester is a translator but she does not speak the language, therefore they need to communicate by gestures with the locals. Ester is cult and controller and Anna is still attractive and very promiscuous. They are emotionally separated and without any sibling's feelings; therefore each sister just speaks to hurt the other while Johan wanders in the empty corridors of the hotel."

Simon och ekarna
"In the years leading up to World War II, two families who seemingly could't be more different find that they have more in common than they could have imagined. Simon is a bookish dreamer from a working-class family in rural Sweden; Isak is the son of wealthy Jewish immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Berlin. While Simon yearns for the music, literature and art that are part of Isak's daily life, Isak finds comfort and security in Simon's more rustic existence. When Isak's family needs to find refuge from the anti-Semitism building in Sweden, the two families slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways that threaten to both bring them closer together, and tear them apart. Suspenseful, moving and inspiring/" - Container

Sjunde inseglet = The Seventh Seal
"In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused."

The Slingshot
"In 1920s Stockholm, Roland is a young troublemaker who has become an outcast to not only his family, but his schoolmates. Raised by a Jewish mother and a socialist father, Roland defends himself from bullies by creating slingshots made from condoms he stole from his mother's pharmacy. While Roland learns to toughen up from his boxer brother, he starts hanging out with the wrong people and finds himself in trouble with the law. "

Smiles of a Summer Night
"A sharp satire about eight Swedish aristocrats who become romantically and comically intertwined over a single weekend."

Sommaren med Monika  = Summer with Monika
"Seventeen-year-old Monika and nineteen-year-old Harry Lund meet in a cafe. They spend a happy summer together, and soon Monika discovers that she is pregnant. They marry, but Monika is bored with taking care of the baby and the responsibilities of married life. She begins an affair with a former lover and their marriage falls apart."

Sommarlek = Summer Interlude
"Marie is an accomplished ballet dancer haunted by her tragic youthful affair with a shy, handsome student. Her memories of the rocky shores of Stockholm's outer archipelago mingle with scenes from her gloomy present, most of them set in the dark backstage environs of the theater where she works."

Through a Glass Darkly
"On an island, Karin, a recently released mentally sick young woman, is spending her vacation with her husband Martin, a doctor, her father David, a writer just back from Switzerland, and her younger brother Fredrick (Minus). Karin is suffering from hallucinations and hysteria. She thinks she is visited by God."

Trollflöjten = The Magic Flute
"An opera by Mozart, in which a handsome young man is enlisted to rescue the Queen of Night's daughter from an evil sorcerer."

Unga Astrid = Becoming Astrid
"Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking, leads a carefree life in rural Sweden. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves home to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and gift for storytelling to reconnect with her child."

Viskningar och rop  = Cries and Whispers
"A story of four women's search for spiritual peace. Agnes is dying of cancer and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes is able to transcend her sisters' pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror."

Walpurgis Night
"Tackling the subject of Sweden's declining birth rate, this topical drama features Bergman as a virtuous young woman who becomes entangled in a sordid love triangle."

Wild Strawberries = Smultronstället
"A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity."

Winter Light
"A widowed priest is troubled by lack of faith. The history centers around his relationship with a schoolteacher, who loves him but whom he can not love back and his bonds to a god he isn't sure he believes in. He tries to find a meaning with love and faith again, discussing his predicament both with those that has a lot of faith and those that might have lost it, in a cold winter landscape."

"A bloody, scary tale of demonic possession as a group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack."

A Woman's Face
"With this thriller, Molander gave Bergman her most ruthless role to date, as a blackmailer who undergoes an operation to repair her disfigured face and gets a change of heart in the bargain."