Posts Tagged ‘ scandinavian ’

Music I dig 045: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (2012)

I’m either in a Scandinavian mood these days or there is just a big pile of talent in that part of the world. Instantly loved this one by two Swedish sisters. Beautiful vocals and nice and folky music.

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Music I dig 042: Amalie Bruun – Dirty Beaches (2011)

Another Scandinavian music gem. Amalie Bruun makes dark music. I like.

Movie I dig 004: Submarino (2010)

This movie is a rough awaking to the dark days of two brothers in Denmark. Caused by a traumatizing experience in their youth (as if a alcoholic mother isn’t traumatizing enough), they are both finding it hard to adapt to grown-up life in this Scandinavian country. The scene were the brothers are still young and start dancing and drinking booze, they hid from their mother, to loud music (when they really should be taking care of a baby), for me really illustrates the first effects of lousy parenting from their mother’s side. The father (or fathers) of both are not featured in the story.

On brother got out of prison a couple of months ago and the other is raising his son by himself after the mother of his son passed away. The prison-brother Nick (played by Jakob Cedergren) like his share of liquor and seems like someone who has got himself under control, but who seems lost every once in a while. The other brother (played by Peter Plaugborg) is a single father trying to raise his genuinely cute son Martin (played by Gustav Fischer Kjærulff). The father is a heroin-addict who at the same time is trying to be the best father in the world. It’s touching but he still feels like a fuck-up because of his heroin abuse.

I don’t want to spoil to much, so I’ll leave it at that.

The atmosphere of the movie is very very dark and will keep your attention for the entire duration of the movie. It really is a story about the fucked-up side of an otherwise prosperous society. The acting is quite good and convincing. Thomas Vinterberg, who directed Submarino, did a great job.