Faithless (Trolösa) (2000)

LIV ULLMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Sweden/Italy/Germany/Finland/Norway, 2000.  Classic, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Rikskringkasting, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rai Cinema, SVT Drama, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Jörgen Persson.  Produced by Kaj Larsen, Johan Mardell.  Production Design by Göran Wassberg.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival … More Faithless (Trolösa) (2000)

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The Square (2017)

RUBEN OSTLUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017.  Plattform Produktion, Arte France Cinema, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film i Vast, Imperative Entertainment, Minorordningen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, Yle to 1 Finland, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Ruben Ostlund.  Cinematography by Fredrik Wenzel.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff.  Music by Rasmus Thord.  Production … More The Square (2017)

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A War (Krigen)

BBB (out of 5) Danish soldiers in rural Afghanistan become embroiled in the situation of one particular family in the village where they are stationed, placing the family in danger from the Taliban that these peacekeepers are there to protect them from.  When an ambush leads to a split-second decision on the part of the commander to … More A War (Krigen)

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A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (En Duva Satt Pa En Gren Och Funderade Pa Tillvaron)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Follows Songs From The Second Floor and You, The Living to cap off a trilogy of witty, surreal visions from the imagination of Roy Andersson.  We travel deeper into the ephemeral with scenes of humans occupying dreamlike spaces, less humorous and romantic and much darker this time, using the barest of … More A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (En Duva Satt Pa En Gren Och Funderade Pa Tillvaron)

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Melancholia

BB.5 (out of 5) Lars Von Trier goes for epic grandeur but never quite reaches the limits of his magnificent scope with this science-fiction melodrama. The first half takes place at a wedding being held at a ritzy golf course, where bride Kirsten Dunst is unable to shake off her massive depression enough to be satisfied … More Melancholia

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Dogville

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Lars Von Trier has made his most audacious film yet with this powerful drama, whose most extreme moments are so over the top as to actually make them humorous. It takes place in a tiny American mountain town in the thirties but uses a theatrical approach to its setting, with all … More Dogville

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Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (2011)

MORTEN TYLDUM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Norway/Germany, 2011.  Yellow Bird, Friland, Nordisk Film, ARD Degeto Film, TV2 Norge, Sveriges Television, Danmarks Radio, Norsk Filminstitutt, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond.  Screenplay by Ulf Ryberg, Lars Gudmestad, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo.  Cinematography by John Andreas Andersen.  Produced by Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn.  Music by Trond Bjerknes, Jeppe Kaas.  Production Design by … More Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (2011)

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