Scandinavia's finest films of the 21st century

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1.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
2.
Reprise (2006)
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Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
 
3.
Involuntary (2008)
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In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
4.
Play (2011)
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An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys... (118 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
 
5.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
6.
You, the Living (2007)
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You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
7.
Songs from the Second Floor (2000)
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Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things. (98 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
8.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
9.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
10.
The Bothersome Man (2006)
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In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. (95 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
11.
Burrowing (2009)
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An eleven-year-old boy observes his neighborhood as its surface orderliness rots away. (76 mins.)
 
12.
After the Wedding (2006)
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A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
13.
Open Hearts (2002)
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A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
14.
With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004)
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Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done. (100 mins.)
 
15.
I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III (2005)
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In this third installment of the 'Pusher' trilogy, we follow Milo (Zlatko Buric), the drug lord from the two first films... (90 mins.)
 
16.
Falkenberg Farewell (2006)
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The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them. (91 mins.)
 
17.
Four Shades of Brown (2004)
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An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown. (192 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
18.
Sebbe (2010)
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Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in a small apartment (79 mins.)
Director: Babak Najafi
 
19.
Saraband (2003 TV Movie)
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Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter. (107 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
20.
O'Horten (2007)
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A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement. (90 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
 
21.
Kitchen Stories (2003)
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A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him. (95 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
 
22.
Flickering Lights (2000)
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Four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him... (109 mins.)
 
23.
Adam's Apples (2005)
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A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest. (94 mins.)
 
24.
Reconstruction (2003)
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A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair. (92 mins.)
Director: Christoffer Boe
 
25.
I Belong (2012)
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What happens to us when people stop acting like they're supposed to? A nurse gets into a dispute at... (118 mins.)
 
26.
Brothers (2004)
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Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. (117 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
27.
Northwest (2013)
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18-year-old Caspar wants to reach the top, no matter what. He carries out small-time break-ins for Jamal... (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Noer
 
28.
The Boss of It All (2006)
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An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander. (99 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
29.
Old Men in New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II (2002)
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The last wish of the dying "Monk" is for his foster child, Harald, to find his real son, Ludvig. But the latter is currently in a Swedish prison cell... (95 mins.)
 
30.
The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 (2007)
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Erik Nietzsche is an intelligent but in many ways inexperienced shy young man who is convinced that he wants to be a film director... (91 mins.)
Director: Jacob Thuesen
 
31.
Troubled Water (2008)
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A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered. (115 mins.)
Director: Erik Poppe
 
32.
The Five Obstructions (2003 Documentary)
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About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967) (90 mins.)
 
33.
Elling (2001)
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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
34.
Armadillo (2010 Documentary)
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In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo... (105 mins.)
 
35.
Eat Sleep Die (2012)
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A young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies. (104 mins.)
 
36.
The Green Butchers (2003)
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Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop... (100 mins.)
 
37.
Blind (2014)
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Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place where she can feel in control... (96 mins.)
Director: Eskil Vogt