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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Evil (Ondskan)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Young Torless meets Full Metal Jacket in this riveting look at the world of elite boarding schools set in the 1960s.  After getting into too many fights and being expelled too many times from local schools, Erik is sent to a prestigious school after his sympathetic mother sells a number of heirlooms to pay his tuition.  Getting … More Evil (Ondskan)

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Jag Ar Ingrid)

BBBB (out of 5) A richly enjoyable valentine to one of the cinema’s greatest performers, for the celebration of her centenary. Originally from Sweden, Ingrid Bergman grew up the adored child of her father before losing him as a pre-teen, and having already lost her mother as an infant was freely set upon the world … More Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Jag Ar Ingrid)

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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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La Vie de Boheme (1992)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/Sweden/Finland, 1992.  Sputnik, Pyramide Productions, Films A2, Pandora Filmproduktion, Svenska Filminstitutet, Canal+, Sofinergie 2, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel Scenes de la Vie de Boheme by Henri Murger.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Klaus Heydemann, Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by John Ebden.  Costume Design by Simon Murray.  Film Editing by Veikko … More La Vie de Boheme (1992)

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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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