BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE – Review by Diane Carson

The Swedish film Britt-Marie Was Here begins with the title character asking, “How do you live a life?” As deeply philosophical as this sounds, her answer is an amusing, disarming exploration. For Britt-Marie, a sixty-three-year old housewife, discovers her husband Kent’s long-term affair—at his hospital bed after he had a heart attack.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 2 -9: SAMI BLOOD

motw logo 1-35Writer/director Amanda Kernell’s thoughtful, beautifully crafted first feature is an intimate, compelling coming of age tale of a Sami girl who must choose between her denigrated indigenous culture and mainstream Swedish lifestyle. Sami Blood is a heart-wrenching eye opener. Continue reading…

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SAMI BLOOD — Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When a film transports you to a society you never knew existed, it can prove magically transcendent while incredibly moving. Add an adolescent female discovering what she is capable of and you have me hooked. That happened last year with The Eagle Huntress, a documentary about a Mongolian girl’s singular feats with her regal bird of prey. And it happens again in a far different arena with the 14-year-old female Laplander who is the focus of Sami Blood, a Swedish coming-of-age drama handled with an impressive delicacy of purpose by first-time filmmaker Amanda Kernell.

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