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Films in Swedish

Autumn Sonata (1978_ - An international concert pianist visits her grown daughter after a seven-year absence. Aching with the memory of her mother's neglect, the introverted daughter explodes into a rage and the reunion turns into a shattering confrontation. VHS.

Cries and Whispers (1972) - Tells the story of three sisters, one of whom is dying of cancer, and their housekeeper all of whom are searching for sprirtual peace in a world that seems to offer only disorder and despair. DVD or VHS.

Elvira Madigan (1967) - The true story of an Army officer's romance with a circus dancer. DVD or VHS.

Faithless (2000) - Marianne is a successful actress happily married to Markus and devoted to her young daughter. A friendship with a film director develops into passion as the two yield to temptation and indulge in an affair in Paris that continues back at home. Eventually Markus, who has suspected the affair confronts the faithless pair and their marriage, a friendship and a family are threatened to be destroyed. DVD.

Fanny and Alexander (1982) - Part comedy and part ghost story, the film, set in a rural Swedish town in 1907, tells the story of one year in the lives of the colorful Ekdahl family. VHS.

House of Angels (1992) - Helena Bergstrom stars as a seductive nightclub singer who turns a small village upside-down when she inherits her grandfather's rural estate, Angel Farm. VHS.

My Life as a Dog (1985) - Shipped off to live with his uncle for the summer, 12 year old Ingmar finds unexpected adventures with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. These experiences give him a sustaining inner strength to accept his life and to eventually enjoy childhood. DVD or VHS.

Persona (1966) - A famous actress is stricken with psychosomatic dumbness and is placed under a nurse's care in an isolated house, where the two gradually assume each other's personalities. DVD.

Scenes from a Marriage (1974) - Marianne and Johan always seemed to be the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. Chronicles ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Portrays the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving. DVD or VHS.

The Seventh Seal (1957) - In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused. DVD or VHS.

Smiles of a Summer Night (1957) - A sharp satire about eight Swedish aristocrats who become romantically and comically intertwined over a single weekend. DVD.

Songs From the Second Floor (2000) - One evening a strange series of events takes place. A clerk is degraded, a lost immigrant is violently attacked, a magician makes a terrible mistake. The following day, the signs of chaos take hold as madness grips a board of directors and the city itself is strangled by a horrendous traffic jam. In the midst of the mayhem, one man stands out - Karl, who is covered from head to toe in soot from the store he just tried to burn down for the insurance money. The new millennium is blamed for casting such a vast mental breakdown and Karl gradually realizes just how difficult it is to be human. DVD.

Wild Strawberries (1957) - A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. DVD or VHS.

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