I thought I’d post something a little different on this blog, other than the usual “hello I’ve had to cancel the show” that I seem to be doing a lot. So, I thought I’d share with you a few Swedish films (and one Danish) that I’ve watched and enjoyed. They’re all subtitled – so if you don’t like watching subtitled films, you may want to avoid them. I seem to have gotten used to having subtitles though.
All of these films are comedy dramas; they’re not slapstick and they deal with life issues but with a “dark” comedic side. I’ve included IMDb links for further information.
The literal translation is “Santa is Father to All the Children”, but they decided to release it as “In Bed With Santa”. It involves wife Sara who decides to invite her three ex-husbands (and their families) for a big Christmas celebratory dinner. The new neighbours want to introduce themselves too.
“The Wedding Photographer” is about a guy who works in a factory in an “outback” town. When it closes down, he takes his chances at becoming a wedding photographer in Stockholm, thanks to a chance meeting with an out-of-work actor trying to make money by appearing as a speaker at other functions.
Jalla! Jalla! (2000)
Swedish immigrant Roro loves his girlfriend but is pressured into marrying another girl to stop her from being sent back to Lebanon. His friend is also having problems in the bedroom department. The title is Arabic for “Hurry, hurry!” and the film also stars actress-turned-singer Laleh.
Fyra År Till (2010)
“Four More Years” centers around party political leader David Holst and his attempt at being the next Prime Minister, only to fail and fall in love with someone he absolutely shouldn’t do.
Blinkende Lygter (2000)
“Flickering Lights” is a Danish film about four gangsters who con their boss out of 4 million crowns. They’re escaping to Barcelona but are forced to temporarily hide out in a run-down house in the country for a few weeks. They slowly realise they want to stay there, but their past starts to catch up.
So, if you can put up with subtitles, these are my tips if you want to watch something that isn’t labelled as “mainstream Hollywood”.