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Personal review on the Danish film, The Commune

I was already prepared for the somewhat shocking perspective of how Nordic people view nudity and sex. After all, one can find porno at gas stations in Sweden and Denmark. Even families bathing in their birthday suits during midsummer are far from uncommon. However, I was a bit surprised at the depiction of attitudes toward […]

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HotDocs 2017 Documentary Film Festival Nordic Film Selection

I absolutely love Toronto’s lively film scene, and am happy to report the Nordic documentaries at the HotDocs 2017 Film Festival. This year offers a remarkable selection of Nordic documentary films that probe into the culture and current events of today’s Scandinavian societies. As a lover of film, I highly recommend viewing this year’s HotDocs […]

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Swedish Oscar-Nominated Movie, A Man Called Ove, Scratches the Surface and Touches the Heart

This year, I’ve been honored to review the Oscar-nominated Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm, A Man Called Ove, based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel. It stars veteran Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård and Swedish-Iranian actress, Bahar Pars in a delightful film that reminded me so much of my own experiences with the Swedes. Ove, the […]

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A review of the documentary, The Swedish Theory of Love

I couldn’t help but shed a few tears when I watched The Swedish Theory of Love, a documentary film directed by Erik Gandini. Having been together with my Swede for over two decades, many of the points said in this documentary hit home for me. It is often an inner struggle to understand someone’s culture, […]

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TIFF 2016 Nordic Film Offering

Yes, it’s been awhile, but I finally got some time to sit down and write a post about an important event in Toronto – TIFF 2016 from September 8-18th! There usually is a great selection of Scandinavian films, as those Nordic folks are masters of melancholy movies. Here’s your chance to see a Nordic film primarily […]

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Swedish Design Highlights at the 2015 SWEA Christmas Festival

I can’t believe how fast the Christmas season came this year! 2015 has flown by for me, but I’m excited for this year’s SWEA Christmas Festival, This year they have chosen Pippi Longstockings as a theme, the beloved, rebellious Swedish girl character we all know from our childhood. Written by the revered Astrid Lindgren, Pippi […]

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Swedish Courses in Toronto On Its Way!

This year has been busy with the launch of our new Nordic language school right here in Toronto! This explains my sparse posting habits, but I promise to get this going too. We begin with Swedish, since that’s the language I’m obviously connected to most. Many of you following my blog have been writing me […]

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Scandinavian Film Offering for TIFF 2015

TIFF 2015 is truly an exciting time in Toronto! Celebrities abound, the cool, crisp air signals Fall and there is an excellent selection of Scandinavian films that will stimulate you intellectually as well as emotionally. I truly love watching films from different countries. It gives you a sneak peek into the cultures around the world. […]

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HotDocs 2015, Films Concerning Sweden or Swedish Docs Announced!

HOTDOCS FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 23-MAY 3, 2015. A couple of Swedish documentary films in this year’s 2015 selection have a lot to do with today’s woes in the world. There is an emotionally charged film about twin refugees seeking solace in Sweden (one of the world’s most open countries) and dealing with their emotional baggage, as well as one about faking a […]

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Hurrying in to FIKA in Manhattan – My Review

Excited over the hype of the new chain of Swedish cafes in Manhattan, I recently stopped in to “fika” (the Swedish word for a glorified “coffee break”) at the FIKA cafe near the Plaza over the weekend. While I thought the presentation and modern decor were mycket fint, I am ashamed to admit that I […]

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