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Scandanavia

The King’s Choice

The low-key but engaging drama takes place over three days in April 1940, as Germany begins invading neutral Norway.

Beatriz at Dinner/Sami Blood

Two movies take on the concept of privilege from the outsider’s point of view in very different ways and epochs.

Land of Mine

Defusing land mine and ratcheting up tensions on the Danish coast in 1945.

A Man Called Ove

The redemption of a Swedish Scrooge wields dark themes with a comic lightness. Don’t be surprised if you find a tear rolling down your cheek.

The Commune | Toronto 2016

Based in part on director Thomas Vinterberg’s experiences growing up in a Copenhagen commune during the 1970s and ’80s and featuring a great performance by actress Trine Dyrholm.

Men & Chicken

Ever wonder what would happen if a chicken and a pig mated and had a baby? This grim tale set in Denmark mixes dark humor with, well, Darwinism.

The Wave

There is room for big, loud, dumb expensive movies in the world, but Michael Bay, you just got schooled on how to make a disaster flick by the Norwegian upstarts behind The Wave, which is a hell of a fun ride.

Overlooked Gems of 2015

Early on in the year may be as good a time as any to look back at 2015, before the number of films begins to snowball and as the awards season slowly winds down. What has been overlooked? What made the festival rounds but is conspicuously missing from this year’s lineup, having perhaps gotten lost […]

Rams

The opening credits spell it out: 800,000 sheep among 320,000 Icelanders. Living in the remote northern part of the country, two brothers, bachelor sheep farmers past middle age, live alone on side by side farms. Their family has lived in the region for generations, raising prized thoroughbred stock. Both brothers have an attentive, paternal relationship with their herds—their constant companions—yet the men haven’t said a word to each other […]