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.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Swedish actress and director Pernilla August's feature film debut which she co-wrote with Swedish screenwriter Lolita Ray, was shot at Ystad studio in Sweden and is an adaptation of a novel from 2006 by Swedish-Finnish author Susanna Alakoski. It premiered in Sweden, was screened at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and is a Swedish production which was produced by Swedish screenwriter, producer and director Ralf Karlsson and Swedish producer Helena Danielsson. It tells the story about Leena, a thirty-four-year-old woman who is about to celebrate Christmas with her husband Johan and their two young daughters when she receives a call from Ystad county hospital. The voice on the other end of the line is her mother Aili who she has not seen or had any contact with in a long time. Talking her mother again brings back memories from a past that Leena has carried with her since the day she was separated from her younger brother Sakari, and when she learns that her mother is dying, Leena has to travel back to the small town where she grew up. As Leena's memories becomes more vivid, she begins to show Johan and their children a part of herself that she has kept private.
Finely and engagingly directed by first-time director Pernilla August, this deeply moving family drama which is set against the backdrop of a town in Southern Sweden in the 1970s, draws an intimate, involving and afflicting portrayal of a woman, emotionally scarred by her childhood, who has to try reconciling with her mother who is terminally ill and a past marked by her parents turbulent relationship. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, the brilliant production design by Swedish production designer and art director Anna Asp and the fine cinematography by Danish cinematographer Erik Molberg Hansen, this compassionate story depicts an incisive and internal study of character which examines themes like coming-of-age family relations, immigration, betrayal and class distinctions.
This finely paced, moderately humorous and atmospheric psychological drama which was the Swedish submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011, is impelled and reinforced by its efficient narrative structure and the heartfelt and involving acting performances by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Swedish actor Ola Rapace, Swedish actress Tehilla Blad, Finnish actor, screenwriter and director Ville Virtanen and Finnish actress and screenwriter Outi Mäenpää. A humane and emotionally gripping independent film which gained, among other awards, the International Critic's Week Award at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2011.
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