Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Movies - Scandinavian Language

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. 


  1. I've had You,the Living on my shelf for years! I want to watch it but just haven't done so yet. Always reading good things about it so that's good. The hunt was one I missed at the cinema and saved to watch. I've also picked a film from different countries - so much choice from Sweden but can't think of any for Finland!

  2. I agree with you on The Hunt, definitely should have won the Oscar. I really want to see You, the Living along with Pigeon, have you seen that one?

  3. I have not seen any of these films...I sorely lack knowledge in these flicks. The first one sounds like an excellent one to see

  4. I haven't heard of the other two, but The Hunt was a great film!

  5. The Hunt is an amazing film, and I agree with you. It should have won the Oscar. Haven't heard of the other two, but You, the Living (2007) sounds like me thing.

  6. I also chose The Hunt and agree it should've won the Oscar. I LOVE Elling too, what a great little film.