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Tusen gånger starkare (2010)
Looked at my watch once ...
When I saw this film, knowing it was an hour and a half, I looked at my watch once. However, it was not to see if it would soon be over. On the contrary, I looked at my watch to make sure that not too much time had passed, because I didn't want the film to end. It was very long ago that a Swedish film got me hooked like this one.
Sure, the main actors are 15 years old, so the acting isn't perfect. Sure, you wonder how the teachers can be so blind to the hierarchy between the sexes and become upset when the pattern begins to crack. But I really felt for these girls and their different struggles to be heard and seen. Sadly, it mirrors the situation that awaits them after school, in society in general, where men take up more space than women.
I wish there were more girls like Saga. And I wish that no girl (or boy, for that matter) comes across such teachers. And I wish this film can make a difference for those who feel oppressed, be it in school, at work or at home.
Some occasional laughs, but nothing more...
This film was really a disappointment. Having seen the TV-series and loving it, I had great expectations for this film. However, I got really disappointed. This film lacks very much that the TV-series has and it's not even very funny. I laughed on some occasions but most things that were supposed to be funny, I didn't like at all.
In the TV-series, the characters were more sympathetical and even though they could be cynical and evil on many occasions, they had more warmth and respect for others, than they had in the film.
The TV-series has given me many fine and funny moments and also a great anti-war message. The film however, gave me none of that, but only two wasted hours.
If you love the TV-series don't have too high expectations on the film, because it is no way near the high class and standards of the TV-series. Sure, you can see the film, to see what the original preceding the TV-series looked like, but be thankful that they gave us eleven great seasons but only two hours of crap and not the other way around.
Mord, lilla vän (1955)
A cosy puzzle detective story.
This is a murder story and as such, it offers all the features of the classic puzzle mystery. But it is also cosy, with some nice sidetracks. If you're just looking for a dark murder mystery with cold, unsensitive stereotypes, don't watch this film. It keeps you wondering about the solution to the mystery, but it doesn't make you fly sky high when the door bell rings on a dark night. It is well worth watching, but not if you're only looking for a dark murder mystery.
As odd as it may seem - a childhood favourite
This film was a childhood favourite of mine, as odd as it may seem; an old b/w Swedish film, not even a comedy, which is my preference. But I've always been fascinated by trains and I suppose that's what did it. However, in recent years, I've also come to notice that the acting and the plot are also quite good, not to mention the wonderful music, which makes this a watchable film.
Splash, Too (1988)
A positive surprise
I saw this film for the first time today. Having seen the original, I didn't have very high expectations in this one, with the cast being completely new and different. But, I was positively surprised. It is actually a good film, more than just an attempt to make more money out of the concept of a mermaid who comes up on land, from the original film. Sequels are rarely as good as the originals, and I think that's true of this one too, but it's a lot better than many sequels are, compared to their originals. It's definitely worth seeing and if you like the original, you won't get disappointed.
A great film, except for...
...the historical inaccuracies. There are numbers of them, such as the czar family celebrating its 300th anniversary on the Russian throne in 1916, when in fact it was in 1913; Anastasia's being about seven years old at the time of the revolution, when in fact she was sixteen... The list of historical inaccuracies can, unfortunately, be made quite long. BUT! Disregard this and look at the film as a fairy tale or adventure instead. Then you have a great film with all the ingredients of a classic: Adventure, horror, comedy, romance, evolvment of characters, etc. and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do. I won't grade it, since I'm lousy at that, but I'd urge anyone who's looking for the above mentioned features and more, to give this film a chance and be moved by it.
Pengar: En tragikomisk saga (1946)
A proof of Poppe's genius
This film is a proof of Poppe's genius as an actor. Not only does the story with the seven workers in the forest and little innocent Harry Orvar resemble the fairy tale "Snow White" but it also shows that Poppe could play all varieties of roles - from comedy to tragedy. There is the scene where the poor Harry Orvar, who has hardly ever had money - and almost never bills, only coins, takes on a job to get money for food for him and his girl. The job turns out to be to burn used money at the mint. What he does in that scene - with the money - is truly great acting from, in my opinion, the greatest Swedish actor of all times. I can't help laughing at the scenes in the forest - and I can't help crying at the money scene. See this film and marvel at great acting - long before special effects were needed to enhance the actors.