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Face to Face (DVD FOREIGN FAC)  In Swedish with English captions.  136 min.  1976. 

A successful psychiatrist, despite her professional prowess, suffers from profound depression and mental illness. She finds herself teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown, haunted by disturbing images and emotions from her past. Desperately in search of an escape from her doldrums, she has an affair with fellow doctor Tomas Jacobi. But her hysteria only worsens as she struggles to maintain her grasp on sanity and reality.

Faithless (DVD FOREIGN FAI)  In Swedish with English captions.  145 min.  2000. 

Marianne is an actress happily married to Markus and devoted to her daughter. A friendship with a film director turns passionate as the two yield to temptation and have an affair in Paris that continues back at home. Markus, who has suspected the affair, confronts the pair. A marriage, friendship, and family are threatened.

Fanny & Alexander (DVD FOREIGN FAN)  In Swedish with English captions.  188 min.  1982. 

Told through the eyes of Alexander and his sister Fanny, we see the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief patrons. After Oscar's early death, his widow marries the bishop and moves with her children to his austere and forbidding chancery. The children are immediately miserable, but befriend a local Jewish merchant whose odd household becomes the children's refuge.  This film, directed by Ingmar Bergman, is available in the three-hour theatrical version and five-hour television version.  Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 1983.

Flame and Citron (DVD FOREIGN FLA)  In Danish with English captions.  132 min.  2008. 

Two Danish resistance fighters perform undercover acts of sabotage and liquidate Nazi informers.  A mysterious woman and a new assignment to assassinate the head of the Gestapo might lead them to the deadliest places of all.

Frozen Land (DVD FOREIGN FRO)  In Finnish with English captions.  128 min.  2005. 

When a school teacher is fired from his job, he manifests his frustrations with himself, his aborted professional, and poor financial conditions, by neglecting and harshly treating his teenage son.  His son, in turn, expresses frustrations by acting out in a similar vein, which wreaks havoc on many lives.

The Girl (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  In Swedish with English Captions.  96 min.  2010. 

In the summer of 1981, a 9-year-old girl is left behind in her aunt's care while the rest of her family goes to Africa as aid workers. The aunt is soon courted by a man and leaves the girl with the promise to return in a few days. The abandoned girl keeps this a secret from everyone and uses her freedom to discover the world around her as the summer passes by. With sharpening senses she gradually discovers the often absurd and careless world of adults.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest  (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  148 min.  2009. 

The final installment of Stieg Larsson's “Millennium” trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  129 min.  2010. 

Lisabeth Salander is a wanted woman.  A researcher and a “Millennium” journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered, and Salander’s prints are on the weapon.  Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an  official danger to society.  Digging deeper, Mickael Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society, as well as shocking details about Salander’s past.  The second film in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  In Swedish with English captions.  152 min.  2010. 

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the Vanger clan.  She was never found and her uncle is convinced she was murdered and the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.  He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.  The first  film in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy.

The Girls (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  In Swedish with English captions.  100 min.  1968. 

Three actresses prepare for their road trip for a theater production of “Lysistrata,” Aristophanes' classic comedic play about war and women. As they deal with issues in their private lives, they realize the similarities they have with the characters.

Happy Happy (DVD FOREIGN HAP)  In Norwegian with English captions.  88 min.  2010. 

Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she 'isn't particularly attractive' anymore. Whatever. That's life. But when 'the perfect couple' moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir; they have also adopted a child from Ethiopia.

Headhunters (DVD FOREIGN HEA)  In Norwegian with English captions.  100 min.  2011. 

Roger, an accomplished headhunter by day and art thief when opportunity knocks, decides to risk it all to get his hands on an extremely valuable painting, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man.

Hour of the Wolf (DVD FOREIGN HOU)  In Swedish with captions in English, French, or Spanish.  87 min.  1968. 

Ingmar Bergman’s psychological shocker about an artist’s developing paranoia and madness.

Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie (791.43 DVD ING)  In Swedish with English Captions.  146 min.  1963.  

The year is 1963 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie – Winter Light. This documentary film offers views on set construction and lighting, rehearsals and editing, as well as intimate conversations with Bergman and members of his cast and crew.

Insomnia (DVD FOREIGN INS)  97 min.  1997. 

In Norwegian with English captions.  A detective with a tarnished past is dispatched to a remote hamlet in Norway to find the killer of a beautiful young woman.  After making a fatal error in his investigation and attempting to cover it up, the detective finds himself in the middle of a dangerous situation.

Just Another Love Story (DVD FOREIGN JUS)  In Danish with English captions.  100 min.  2007. 

After Jonas unintentionally causes a car accident that leaves Julia crippled with amnesia, her family mistakes him for her boyfriend.  Jonas embraces the role and ends up falling for Julia.  All goes well until her memory returns.

King of Devil’s Island  (DVD FOREIGN KIN)  In Norwegian with English captions.  100 min.  2010.

Seventeen-year-old Erling is a rumored murderer and therefore sent to the Bastoy Boys Home correctional facility. Once there he clashes with the island facility's governor who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment is the only way to turn these boys around. Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling leads the boys in a violent uprising that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army.

Kissed By Winter (DVD FOREIGN KIS)  In Swedish with English captions.  81 min.  2005. 

After a horrible accident, a woman leaves her husband to start a new life, where she becomes part of a murder investigation. Now she must come to terms with the unthinkable tragedy in her life, as she becomes involved with the suspect.

Kitchen Stories (DVD FOREIGN KIT)  In Norwegian or Swedish with captions in English or French.  91 min.  2003. 

An observer from the Swedish Home Research Institute is sent to study the kitchen habits of an elderly bachelor in postwar Norway. The researcher's objectivity is compromised by his growing friendship with the old farmer.

Klown (DVD FOREIGN KLO)  In Danish with English subtitles.  90 min.  2010. 

Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos, unspeakable debaucheries and absurd sexual encounters. Misguided Frank kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential while the sex-driven Caspar is determined to visit a world-renowned brothel.

Laila (DVD FOREIGN LAI)  Silent Norwegian film with musical score and English captions.  145 min.. 1929. 

Laila is a young girl separated from her parents as a baby and raised by a wealthy reindeer owner, Aslag, in the frozen tundra. Though she is returned a year later, Laila grows into a young woman of two worlds, at home with both her settled and nomadic upbringings. Laila soon finds herself in a love triangle with her foster brother Mellet and her cousin Anders, played out against the backdrop of an encroaching plague.

Let the Right One In (DVD FOREIGN LET)  In Swedish with English captions.  114 min.  2008. 

A boy who is constantly being bullied at school makes friends with a new neighborhood girl.  When strange disappearances and murders start happening, all signs point to the new girl and her father, who only come out at night.

Letters to Father Jacob (DVD FOREIGN LET)  In Finnish with English captions.  74 min.  2009. 

Leila, who's serving a life sentence for murder, is pardoned and offered a job in a secluded parsonage reading and composing letters for Father Jacob, a blind priest. She reluctantly accepts the job and resents the man at first, but gradually grows to admire him for his positive outlook and his continued help to those seeking prayers and counsel. Two completely different lives are unexpectedly intertwined in this heartwarming tales of personal redemption.

Lights in the Dusk (DVD FOREIGN LIG)  In Finnish with English captions.  80 min.  2007. 

The tale of Koistinen, a handsome but lonely night watchman who becomes entranced and seduced by the ultimate femme fatale, who leads him down the unwitting path of crime and punishment. Koistinen is left to face the consequences.

 

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