Hello and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks, a weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves where you share three movies to fit the theme of the week each Thursday.
This week we are traveling to Europe - well, I actually live there/here, but let's move on - and we are going in a pretty cold part of it, Scandinavia. Assuming that Danish qualifies as Scandinavian language, here's my picks, and they are in three different languages.
The Hunt (2012) - Danish
The life of Kindergarten teacher Lucas slowly starts to fall into pieces as he is wrongly accused of molesting one of the kids at the school. This is a film with a capital F. A strongly gripping, dramatic, provocative and moving film on human condition. It should have won the Oscar.
You, the Living (2007) - Swedish
The lives of people struggling with loneliness and anxiety and caged in unsatisfactory lives intertwine in a Swedish city. The best of Andersson's trilogy, this is beautiful, poetic film about humanity that has no real plot but whose characters, even though most of them are nameless, have a story to tell. And it's quite funny and finds humour in quite absurds situations.
Elling (2002) - Norwegian
After his mother died, Elling ends up in a psychiatric institution where he befriends Kjell. After two years, the two friends are released from the hospital, but living in the world is not easy in their condition. This is a brilliant, uplifting comedy on mental illness as well as a touching story of you insane men trying to live a normal life.