Scandinavian movies/DVDs reviewed here


  • A Somewhat Gentle Man. A strange, different and very interesting noir feel good / crime fiction movie about a released murderer. Stellan Skarsgård is one of his best performances ever.
  • Adam's Apples is a Danish drama featuring Mads Mikkelsen. He plays an insanely optimistic preacher working to help reform convicts. The movie is hilarious and profound.
  • After the Wedding - a delightful movie by the excellent Danish director Susanne Bier, featuring Mads Mikkelsen. A drama about a man who returns to Denmark after 20 years to find that he has a daughter he didn't know about.
  • Arn: Templar Knight. The historical fiction movie based on Jan Guillou's excellent Crusades Trilogy - a movie about Arn Magnusson, his love, his contribution to the crusades, and the unifiction of Sweden to one kingdom.
  • As it is in Heaven. This is an utterly charming Swedish movie, romantic, funny, warm and in some ways an ode to love. As It is in Heaven was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards®.
  • The Beck Series. A series of 26 full length movies made for TV, featuring Swedish detective Martin Beck. Based on the crime fiction novels by Sjövall and Wahlöö.
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  • Karen Blixen (a k a Isak Dinesen): Babette’s Feast, Out of Africa. Both drama. Based on books by Karen Blixen.
  • Brothers is a strong emotional drama that tells a powerful version of the story of the Prodigal Son. There is an original version by Susanne Bier a well as a remake by Jim Sheridan.
  • Buddy. An entertaining and sweet little movie about Kristoffer and his friends. When Kristoffer's video diary winds up at a popular TV show, it's not just his love life that turns upside down.
  • Commander Hamilton - a movie besed on the bestselling series about Coq Rouge, written by Swedish writer Jan Guillou (violence).
  • Elling series: Elling, Mother's Elling, Love me Tomorrow. Drama. Based on books by Ingvar Ambjornsen
  • Everlasting Moments - a story of woman and her family in Sweden in the early years of the 20th century. It is a delightful, understated, seemingly quiet but emotionally powerful film. Directed by Jan Troell.
  • Evil ("Ondskan") - an excellent movie based on Sweden's Jan Guillou's partly autobiographical novel with the same name, which tells the tale of a yound man exposed to the brutal pecking order of a Swedish boarding school.
  • Flame and Citron - a very impressive Danish movie about the resistance movement in Danmark during World War Two. One of the best movies I have seen in a while!
  • Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (DVD). An epic movie about Raoul Wallenberg (excellently played by Stellan Skarsgaard), a Swedish businessman made into an attache to the Swedish Embassy in Budapest, who helped save more than 60.000 Jews in World War II.
  • Hamsun - director Jan Troell's biography of the Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author, Knut Hamsun (Max von Sydow). Hamsun was a brilliant author, but very controversial due to his connections with the Nazi regime in Norway during World War II. Max Von Sydow's performance as Knut Hamsun is wonderful.
  • Hawaii, Oslo. This is an interesting movie from 2004, about the story of a handful of desperate people whose paths cross on the hottest day of the year in Oslo. Good and intriguing entertainment.
  • Hunger - based on Knut Hamsun's novel with the same name. Per Oscarsson's portrait of despair and hallucinatory exaltation is unforgettable, and won the Best Actor award at Cannes. The movie takes place in 1890's Christiania (Oslo). An interesting movie!
  • The Hunters (Jägarna). A tough Swedish crime fiction movie about a policeman investigating a case of large scale illegal hunting of moose and deer in Northern Sweden. One of the best Swedish movies ever made!
  • I Am Dina. A wonderful, very special movie (featuring Maria Bonnevie and Gérard Depardieu) about Dina, who as a few year old child had an caused an accident that killed her mother. A fascinating movie based on a book by Norwegian writer Herbjorg Wassmo
  • In a Better World. This is an outstanding, prize-winning, very evokative and touching movie by the very good Danish director Susanne Bier, featuring Mikael Persbrandt in an excellent performance.
  • Insomnia. An excellent crime fiction movie directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, delivers the goods with unsettling effectiveness. It's an intense, intelligent, and taut thriller. If possible, what the movie implies is creepier than the film's reality. Features Stellan Skarsgard who plays masterfully!
  • Is-slottet (The Ice Palace). A Norwegian cult movie based on Tarjai Vesaas' beautiful and evokative novel The Ice Palace (Is-slottet). A treat for fans of Vesaas, but with very limited availability.
  • The Irene Huss movies: The Torso (Den Krossade tanghästen),The Horse Figurine (Guldkalven), The Fire Dance (Elddansen), The Night Round (Nattrond), The Glass Devil (Glasdjävulen), and The Gold Digger (Tatuerad torso). A boxed set of six very good crime fiction movies based on novels by Helene Tursten.
  • Jar City. This is an Icelandic crime fiction movie based on Arnaldur Indridason's crime fiction Jar City (a k a Tainted Blood), featuring Inspector Erlendur and colleagues from the Reykjavik police working with a very chilling mystery. An excellent, very suspenseful movie that has been well received and has excellent reviews.
  • The Killing. A Danish crime fiction series (now avialable on DVD in the UK) that has becomes immensely popular in England. Slowly moving, deep, intense and with great characters.
  • Kissed by Winter. This is an excellent Norwegian movie that tells a strong tale of guilt and sorrow in an understated and powerful manner. Brilliant performance by Swedish actress Annika Hallin.
  • Kitchen Stories. Some tales are just strange. Some are strange but very entertaining. This one is strange, very entertaining and exceedingly funny in a quiet charming way. It's the 1950s, and a Swedish efficiency expert under strict orders not to interact with his subject is sent to improve a Norwegian farmer's culinary efforts...
  • Kristin Lavransdatter - a movie based on Sigrid Undset's novels with the same name, directed by Liv Ullmann. It tells the tale of a young woman and her family in Norway in the 14th century. A great movie, and good entertainment.
  • The Lake of the Damned (De dødes tjern). This is a classic Norwegian crime fiction movie, based on the novel De Dødes tjern by Norwegian author André Bjerke, writing as Bernhard Borge.
  • Max Manus. A movie about on of the most well known fighter in the Norwegian resistance during World War II. Exciting and good!
  • The Millennium movies. Men who Hate Women (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) with Noomi Rapace. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with English subtitles, is now available, and so is The Girl who Played with Fire! The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is also available.
  • Mother of Mine - a wonderful, emotional Finnish movie, extremely well acted with great cinematography. Deals with the faith of the 70,000 Finnish children sent to Sweden during World War II.
  • My Life as a Dog. This critically acclaimed film from director Lasse Hallstrom, is sensitive, tragic, and even so very funny. It's a very unique, heartwarming story with rich and engaging characters and unforgettable scenes that makes a deep impression.
  • Paradise and Deadline - Annika Bengtzon-movies based on crime fiction novels by Liza Marklund. Very good movies, directed by Colin Nutley.
  • Pelle the Conqueror - a Danish award winning movie featuring Max von Sydow, and based on a famous novel by Martin Andersen Nexo. Book and movie are both excellent!
  • The Pusher Trilogy. Pusher, With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II and I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III by Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn are excellent movies that reveals the gangster lifestyle for what it really is.
  • Lars von Trier - The Idiots, Antichrist, The Element of Crime
  • Smilla's Sense of Snow. Movie by Bille August based on the delightful novel Smilla's Sense of Snow by Danish author Peter Hoeg.
  • Sunstorm (Solstorm - Aurinkomyrsky), Crime/Thriller, based on a book by Asa Larsson
  • The King of Devil's Island - a prize-winning Norwegian drama about a group of young Norwegian boys in a Norwegian reform school in 1915, featuring Stellan Skarsgard. Excellent!
  • Troubled Water. A Norwegian drama about a young man, an extraordinarily talented organist, who has just been released from prison, having served time for the murder of a child. An outstanding movie!
  • Van Veeteren series: Collection 1, 3 DVD Set: Carambole, Munster's Case, and Borkmann's Point. Collection 2, 3 DVD Set: Case G, "The Swallow, The Cat, The Rose and Death", and Moreno and the Silence. Mystery/Crime/Thrillers. These movies are based on books by Hakan Nesser.
  • Varg Veum series: Box 1 - 3-DVD Set (Bitter Flowers, Sleeping Beauty, Yours Until Death), Box 2 - 3-DVD Set (Fallen Angels, Kvinnen i kjøleskapet, Begravde Hunder). Crime/thriller. Based on books by Gunnar Staalesen.
  • Kurt Wallander Series: Collection 1, 4-DVD Set: Before The Frost, The Village Idiot, Brothers, and The Darkness. Mystery/Crime/Thrillers. These movies are based on books by Henning Mankell.
  • Kurt Wallander Series: Collection 2, 4-DVD Set. Featuring The African, The Tricksters, Mastermind, and The Photographer. The original Swedish versions.
  • Kurt Wallander Series: Collection 3, 5-DVD Set. Featuring The Container Lorry, The Castle Ruins, The Black King, The Joker, and The Secret. The original Swedish versions.
  • Kurt Wallander-series with Kenneth Branagh, produced by BBC - DVD Disc set 1: Sidetracked/Firewall/One Step Behind. Kenneth Branagh stars as Inspector Kurt Wallander of the Ystad police.
  • Kurt Wallander-series, disc set 2, with Kenneth Branagh, produced by BBC - DVD Disc set 2: Faceless Killers, The Man Who Smiled, The Fifth Woman. Kenneth Branagh again stars as Inspector Kurt Wallander of the Ystad police.
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Most recent Scandinavian movies on DVD reviewed:

King of Devil's Island - Stellan Skarsgård

A Somewhat Gentle Man - Stellan Skarsgård at his very best

The Killing - an excellent Danish crime fiction TV series

Arn: Templar Knight - based on the Crusades trilogy by Jan Guillou

Jar City, excellent Icelandic crime movie based on a book by Arnaldur Indridason

Troubled Water - an extraordinary Norwegian movie

Pusher Trilogy. Hard, violent Danish movies about gangsters.

As it is in Heaven. Charming Swedish movie, romantic, funny, warm.

Max Manus - about a hero in the Norwegian resistance during WWII

Flame and Citron - about the Danish resistance during WWII

Antichrist and other movies by Danish Lars von Trier

The Van Veeteren collection (Hakan Nesser)

Kurt Wallander series (Henning Mankell)

Irene Huss movies (Boxed set) Helene Tursten

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