Tag Archives: swedish

Thriller – en grym film / Thriller: They Call Her One Eye (1973) Bo Arne Vibenius, Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Action, Thriller

Thriller - en grym film (1973)
Frigga lives with her parents on their farm. Unable to speak after being horrifically raped by an elderly man when she was young, her parents spend the majority of their money on speech therapy classes for their daughter in the hope that one day, she will speak again. One day, Frigga misses the bus to get to her speech therapy class. She accepts a ride off a suave looking gentlemen named Tony who pulls up beside her. Once they are in town, he takes her for a meal. Afterwards, he takes Frigga back to what appears to be his bachelor pad. He gives her wine that has probably been drugged, as she passes out after drinking it. The man then takes no time in bringing a crooked doctor in to get her fixed on high class heroin. After announcing to Frigga that she is now dependent on heroin and cannot last more than 48 hours without it, she must work as a prostitute for him. Frigga, obviously not thrilled by this news, attempts escape twice, but to no avail.

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Under solen / Under the Sun (1998) Colin Nutley, Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Drama, Romance

Under solen (1998)
Olof lives alone on his family’s farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, Erik brags of having known hundreds of women. Out of the blue, Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper, and Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house and, as the summer goes on, Olof’s heart and Erik’s desire as well.

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Ni ljuger / You’re Lying! (1969) Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt, Stig Engström, Sif Ruud, Drama

Ni ljuger (Vilgot Sjoman, 1969)
The film is a portrayal of the Swedish Prison Service, told by an inmate Lasse and art teacher Björn, who will do anything to help him. Lasse is on leave drinking heavily. He is returned to prison, placed in solitary confinement. After an intense letter and press campaign from Björn, the prison authorities agrees to move Lasse to an institution where psychological treatment exist. Lasse is now starting to develop his artistic talents. He writes poems and paints. But soon he comes into conflict with the staff and is returned to prison. Björn renews his efforts to help Lasse. He gets him on parole. The idea is that Lasse is going to prepare for admission to an art school. With growing desperation Björn observes the increasing aimless and restless life Lasse is living. It all comes to a violent scene between them. Björn becomes deeply humiliated. Lasse is drowning in his addiction to alcohol. Vilgot Sjöman drama documentary takes place in 1969. In Sweden imprisonment will soon become …

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Eva (1948) Gustaf Molander, Birger Malmsten, Eva Stiberg, Eva Dahlbeck, Drama

Eva (1948)
During WW2 in neutral Sweden, young sailor Bo, son of a railway stationmaster, comes home from the Navy and reminisces a childhood accident. At age twelve, he ran away in a steam locomotive together with a blind 10-year-old girl. The engine derailed, and the little girl got killed. Feelings of guilt haunt Bo even in his courtship with Eva, a beautiful local girl. In Stockholm, Bo sees a nightmare about plotting to kill his roommate Göran together with Göran’s flirtatious girlfriend Susanne. In a third act, Eva and Bo are married and living on a remote island off Stockholm. When it’s time to give birth, Bo has to row the stormy seas and fears again that he will cause another death.

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Två människor / Two People (1945) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Georg Rydeberg, Wanda Rothgardt, Gabriel Alw, Drama

Tva manniskor (1945)
When the prestigious Dr. Arne Lundell ends the most important work of his life, a colleague from the University of Stockholm, Dr. Sander, lodged a complaint against him for plagiarism. Marianne, wife of Arne, does everything possible to encourage her distraught husband who does not understand the reasons for this unjust accusation. In these circumstances, Sander found dead. It seems that this is a suicide, but soon finds that it actually has been murdered. Suspicion falls on Dr. Arne fatally. The dramatic situation begins to unravel when Arne discovered, by chance, a letter by which discovers that his wife was the secret lover of the missing professor.

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Miraklet i Viskan (2015) John Olsson, Rolf Lassgård, Lia Boysen, Evelina Alexandersson, Drama

Miraklet i Viskan (2015)
Bjarne and Malin live on the banks of the Ljungan. Bjarne’s father-in-law Halvar lives on the other side of the river. They have never seen eye to eye. The now 20-year-long conflict is based on class antagonisms, past words and inheritance issues regarding a firm of haulage contractors, for instance. One unlucky day, Malin crosses the river to persuade Halvar to guarantee a loan Bjarne wants to take out…

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Anita – ur en tonårsflickas dagbok / Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1973) Torgny Wickman, Christina Lindberg, Stellan Skarsgård, Danièle Vlaminck, Drama, Erotic

Anita - ur en tonarsflickas dagbok (Torgny Wickman, 1973)
Anita is a girl of only 16 years, and while she has developed early physically, to a mature woman, she is psychologically completly ruthless. Her relationship the her parents and her friends is very poor and she is regarded with contempt by the people around her, even by the men who so ruthlessly use her. During her troubles she meets Erik, a young psychology student. Gently and carefully he begins to dispell her psychological blocks. In the course of this treatment she reveals to him some of the shocking espisodes of her previous experience and how an inner compulsion forces her into humiliating debauchery in dangerous environments. Erik believes he has the solution to Anita’s problems: to let her move into an artist’s communal experiment, of which he is already a member. The common interest of this collective is largely the performing of classical music. Anita’s prosence in the collective, however, is regarded by some of the other girls as highly provocative.

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Karin Månsdotter (1954) Alf Sjöberg, Ulla Jacobsson, Jarl Kulle, Ulf Palme, Drama, History

Karin Mansdotter (1954)
The movie starts with a silent section of slapsticks in BLUE and white and with piano music, giving an outline of Karin’s rise and fall. The rest is normal B&W movie. Karin does not belong to the nobility but nevertheless marries the mentally ill king Erik XIV and becomes queen of Sweden. The king’s skilled counsellor Göran Persson wants a royal policy supporting the people and supported by it. But in relation to the nobility the king oscillates between provocative strength and unpredictable weakness. Göran arranges that some very powerful noblemen are killed. Subsequently the king tries to have them convicted of high treason by the parliament. He forgets the manuscript, mixes up all facts, and the noblemen are acquitted. But Göran speedily gathers another parliament and has them convicted. Meanwhile Erik apologises because of the unjust murders. Hence Erik is dethroned and imprisoned. Göran is executed. Karin is restricted to a castle in Finland.

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