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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Man Som Hatar Kvinnor] Review


Excellent
Even without reading the book, you get the sense that the filmmakers have been almost unnaturally faithful to the first in Stieg Larsson's trilogy of Millennium novels. It's over-long and almost pathologically detailed, but it's also an extremely effective and well-made thriller.

Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) is a journalist who has just lost a libel case. He has six months before he has to report to prison, and the wealthy Henrik Vanger (Taube) hires him to look into an old family mystery involving the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl nearly four decades earlier. What Mikael doesn't know is that a shadowy young woman, Lisbeth (Rapace), is following his every move. But soon they start working together to unravel a scandal that gets creepier with each discovery.

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All Things Fair Review


Very Good
Every teenage boy's fantasy comes true in the Swedish film All Things Fair, when schoolboy Stig (Johan Widerberg) becomes smitten with his teacher, Viola (Charlotte Rampling lookalike Marike Lagercrantz). After some embarassing prodding into young lust with his mates, the 14-year-old boy starts making awkward passes at his sexy, 37-year-old teacher. She resists at first, but it isn't long before she and Stig are romping in the hay, as she finds the passion in Stig she doesn't get from her hard-drinking, never-home husband.

Now a film like this can only end in unimaginable tragedy, and All Things Fair delivers on that front. Set in 1943 Scandinavia, World War II is a hazy backdrop as director Bo Widerberg (father of Johan), focuses on this small yet incredibly intense drama. It's easy to forget the draggy middle (when Stig befriends Viola's husband and he spends half an hour pontificating before passing out on the table), when all hell breaks loose in the end. The catalyst for the finale is Stig's relationship with Lisbet (Karin Huldt), a girl of his own generation who Stig (like every boy) finally realizes he has a whole lot more in common with. (Prudes and censors be warned, the oft-topless Huldt was just 16 years old when the film was made.) As the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and the worst comes out in everyone by the finish.

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