Here I am, commiting to something that is (hopefully) permanent… Every Thursday I will be posting a list of movie recommentations following the topics by the creator of this series, Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s topic, as seen from the title, is movies in the Scandinavian language and not going to lie, I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen a few so I’m listing most of them here.

1. PLAY, 2011, Sweden

Based on cases of real bullying, this movie tells a story of a street gang that bullied kids in Gothenberg, Sweden throughout two years. I remember seeing this during a Film Festival years ago, and I still remember how trained I felt aterwards.

2. MAN’S JOB, 2011, Finland

Alright, so I’m walking a thin line here (Finnish is sort of Scandinavian though), but this Finnish movie about a family man, who decides to earn extra money to provide for his family by selling himself and his services is memorable for many reasons.

3. A WAR, 2015, Denmark

Another movie I saw during a Film Festival, and this one will probably stay with me for years as well. The question of right and wrong from a perspective of a father and a commander, is the main theme of this movie. It was amazing, and the lead actor, who looks like Joshua Jackson, was great! It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.





  • Intriguing choices none of which I’ve seen unfortunately. They all sound interesting in different ways. Look forward to seeing you picks each week from now on!

    My knowledge of Scandinavian films is very narrow and limited almost exclusively to Swedish film and even within that with a few exceptions to the films of Ingmar Bergman who makes up the lion’s share of my picks this week with an outside pick from that other famous Bergman Swede, Ingrid.

    Wild Strawberries (1957)-Lovely reverie about looking back at life and the memories that come unbidden. Approaching 80 Dr. Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström), a retired doctor and professor, a remote man with a cold demeanor is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Originally intending to fly he decides to drive instead accompanied by his daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), a journey of a day. Along their way the people they meet and stops they make, including the doctor’s childhood summer home, lead him to evaluate the man he was and the one he has become. My favorite Bergman film.

    A Woman’s Face (1938)-Ingrid Bergman plays Anna Holm, a woman whose facial disfigurement has led her to become a blackmailer out of bitterness. The ruthless leader of a gang, she has no compassion for anyone until one of her victims turns out to be married to a renowned plastic surgeon giving Anna the opportunity to change her life. However the long tentacles of her former accomplices don’t want to let her go. Solid drama was remade a few years later by MGM with Joan Crawford.

    Sawdust & Tinsel (1953)-As a ragtag circus troupe makes its way through the bleak Swedish countryside conflicts arise between the members of the group. When they arrive in the town where owner Albert’s ex-wife lives he seeks reconciliation leading to bitterness from his present mistress who becomes involved with an actor with designs of his own leading to misery for all. Dark and unsettling but that’s Bergman for you.

    Honorable Mention-Cries & Whispers (1972)-Heavy, heavy Ingmar Bergman drama of recrimination and the acrid damage caused to relationships by long buried resentments. Two sisters gather at their childhood home to await the death of the third desperately ill sister. While they fail to reconnect to each other or their mortally ill sibling their maid seems to be the only person in the house who is capable of offering comfort and empathy. Color is used heavily to convey the oppressive mood of the picture although sometimes too much so, by the end you feel like you’ve been living inside a tomato for ninety minutes. Still an intricate, interesting drama.

    • Oh boy, I haven’t seen any movies in your list! But the last one sounds especially something I would want to watch. I guess I have to add that to my watchlist! Thanks for commenting! Hopefully I’ll see you next week, I have a great list (imo) for that topic! 😀

  • I know what you mean about not seeing too many. Finland is Scandanavian in my book. I haven’t even heard of these films and not sure I would see them.

  • You’re fine as Finland is part of Scandinavia. Kudos for finding a Finnish film!

    Unfortunately I;ve not seen any of these but they sound good. You always find the gems at film festivals.

    • Ha, well I googled and it said that Finland is sometimes considered as Scandinavia, so I didn’t know if this was that situation. And for me, the festival is the place I see non-English movies the most!

  • I’m glad you’re going to start doing this! I haven’t seen your picks, but I have A War saved in my Netflix queue.

    • It wasn’t in theaters here either, but lucky for me, I went to see it at the festival. I don’t know if I would have seen it any other way,I’m bad at watching European movies at home.

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