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The Other Side of Sunday

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The Other Side Of Sunday

The actual translation of this Oscar-nominated Norwegian film's original title, Sonntagsengel, is "Sunday Angels," which comes close to reflecting the state of innocence and grace from which the young heroine, Maria, attempts to penetrate adult mysteries in defiance of her father, a priest. The story is set in 1959, and Maria is unhappily lagging behind the rock & roll rebellion of her peers. Her father is severe and arbitrary in his judgments of what's best for her, her mother is in and out of a hospital, and her Sundays are spent in church, allegedly hanging on the old man's every word despite her ever-clarifying atheism. One way out: Find an ally as well as a cautionary figure in a lovely but miserable church servant who wishes she were as free as her true spirit. Directed by Berit Nesheim, the film is most vital during Maria's moments of unspoken yearning and accelerated confidence, giving us a palpable sense of a girl's inner life metamorphosing into womanhood. The rest--family scenes concocted to underscore Dad's own emotional conflicts and tyranny--are much more wooden. --Tom Keogh

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Edvard Munch-Special Edition 2-DVD Set

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This is the first commercial US release of the extended 2-part version of Peter Watkins
masterpiece

"Famously described by Ingmar Bergman as a ""work of genius"", Peter Watkins' multi-faceted masterpiece is more than just a bio-pic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter. Focusing initially on Munch's formative years in late 19th Century Kristiania (now Oslo), Watkins uses his trademark style to create a vivid picture of the emotional, political and social upheavals that would have such an effect on his art.

The young artist (Geir Westby) has an affair with ""Mrs Heiberg"" (Gro Fraas), a devastating experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life, and his work is viciously attacked by the critics and public alike. He is forced to leave his home country for Berlin, where, along with the notorious
Swedish playwright August Strindberg, he becomes part of the cultural storm that is to sweep Europe.

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Buddy

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Brand: Repnet LLC
Model: 2241204

Kristoffer's love life is on the rocks. But what can you expect from a guy who likes to videotape himself and his friends pulling outrageous stunts? So when Kristoffer's video diary winds up at a popular TV show, it's not just his love life that turns upside down. A vibrant young cast explores the true meaning of friendship and love in a heart-warming story about hijinks, crazy roommates and reality television.

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Sebastian

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Sebastian is a typical teenager. He hangs out with this friends, goes to the movies, buys hip clothes and attends school. Typical that is until a chance stolen kiss changes everything. Sebastian is just figuring out what almost everyone else around him already knows, he is gay. The kiss is between him and his best buddy Ulf and not only does it change everything it awakens passions that Sebastian never even knew he had. At first terrified, Sebastian slowly learns tha the lives in a wonderful world where his parents are accepting, his sister loves him for who he is and you never know.. Ulf may even want to try at that kiss again.....

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Kristin Lavransdatter

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This epic love story set in 14th-century Norway is Liv Ullmann's (Faithless) remarkable adaptation of Sigrid Undset's 1928 Nobel Prize-winning novel. Kristin Lavransdatter follows one woman's decision to break with tradition to marry the man she loves rather than the man her father has chosen for her. Torn between her longing for love and her sense of family loyalty, she ventures into a life filled with passion and pain, joy and sorrow. The star of many Ingmar Bergman films (Scenes from a Marriage, Autumn Sonata), director Ullmann collaborates here with cinematographer Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers) to create a film as visually entrancing as Bergman's finest. Her insightful exploration of medieval society captures the essence of life throughout the ages.

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The Beautiful Country

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An epic story, exotic locales and electrifying performances from Bai Ling (Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow), Tim Roth (Dark Water) and Nick Nolte (Hotel Rwanda) highlight this moving film that celebrates the power of the human spirit. Raised as an orphan, Binh (Damien Nguyen) is a young Vietnamese man with one impossible dream: to be reunited with his birth father, an American G.I. who left without a trace. In an incredible odyssey that stretches from Saigon to New York to Texas, Binh confronts unimaginable hardships as he finds danger, love and, finally, the key to unlocking the mysteries of his past.

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Zero Kelvin

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Visually stunning and psychologically intense, Zero Kelvin is one-of-a-kind achievement, an existential thriller played out against bleakly beautiful landscapes of Greenland. The ensemble cast includes some of Scandinavia's tops stars and tour-de-force performances by the great Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting, The Hunt for Red October, Breaking the Waves and Steven Spielberg's Amistad).

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  • ZERO KELVIN KJAERLIGHETENS KJOTERE (DVD MOVIE)


Elling

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Elling is a slyly funny odd couple about two misfits trying to find their places in the world. After living in a state home, Elling and his best friend Kjell are given their own apartment in the center of Oslo. The two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up unlikely friendships in the strangest places.

This Norwegian comedy (nominated for an Academy Award®) concerns two men being released from a state home. Until the death of his mother, Elling rarely left the apartment where they lived; Kjell has lived in institutions most of his life and is obsessed with sex, as any virgin in his 30s might be. Thanks to a new social program, the two roommates are given an apartment in Oslo--if they can manage to live independently. At first simply answering the phone or buying groceries is a struggle, but as they taste freedom, their lives become an exciting adventure. In a Hollywood movie, these two would be cute goofballs; what makes Elling so very engaging is how genuinely awkward and uncomfortable Elling and Kjell are. Their difficulties in the world are treated with respect and realism, which makes their progress bracing and their success delightful. A charming film. --Bret Fetzer

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Strings

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Anders Rønnow Klarlund's stunning new film imagines a mythical kingdom populated entirely by stringed puppets. The Emperor of Hebalon dies a dramatic death, taking a terrible secret to the grave with him. His young son, Hal Tara, is set to take over the throne, however, his uncle leads him to believe his father was murdered by the Zeriths, their sworn enemy. Forced to set out to avenge his father's death, Hal is unaware of the perils he is facing, both inside his kingdom and out. As he faces new challenges on this journey, he ends up discovering the truth about his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love. A dramatic tale of adventure, bondage and liberation; of love and war, destiny and vitality, identity and common humanity, Strings is a magical blend of themes that range from Shakespeare to Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings.

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  • Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to revenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN Rating: NR Age: 720917546322 UPC: 720917546322 Manufacturer No: FLV5463

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The Polar Bear King

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The air is filled with joy as the newly crowned King Valemon is set to begin his benevolent rule over the enchanted kingdom of Summerland; a land of temperate climates and lush landscapes where flowers bloometernal. But when the handsome young King refuses the marriage proposal of an evil sorceress, she casts a cruel spell upon him, transforming him into a gigantic polar bear. To escape the sinister forces of darkness, the Polar Bear King flees Summerland and seeks refuge in the icy lands of the north. It is in this frozen, desolate landscape he meets a young princess. The princess is able to see the inner goodness of Valemon, despite his ferocious exterior, and the two quickly fall in love. The Princess and the Polar Bear King return to Summerland where they are married. But evil still lurks in Summerland, and it will be up to the beautiful princess to defeat the evil witch, thwart her dark schemes and reverse the icy spell of The Polar Bear King.

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