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January 20, 2023


#NordicFINDS23 Movies

by NancyElin


  1. Nordic Finds Challenge  hosted by @AnnaBookBel
  2. Hashtag: #NordicFINDS23


Film list:  Sweden

Fanny and Alexander: No 8 best arthouse film of all time –  Winner of 4 Oscars !

Academy Awards, USA 1984



  1. If you like the novels by Dickens you’ll love this epic film (3 hr).
  2. Be ready to dive into t he powerful and eventful lives of just one familiy.
  3. The small and big affairs that affect them.
  4. It is not a “merry” Christmas movie to watch… life is difficut
  5. …but Bergman still manages to give us a happy ending!
  6. The story takes place during a span of two years from 1907 to 1909.
  7. Alexander is supposed to be 10 years old.
  8. Bergman (director) was influenced by the novel David Copperfield…
  9. …especially by Mr Murdstone David’s wicked step father
  10. who married David’s mother when he was away.
  11. He is a cruel and sadistic bully regularly beats David for no reason
  12. …just as Bishop  at all and he controls the family.
  13. This is exactly what happens to Alexander’s mother Emile
  14. …when she agrees to marry the harsh
  15. Bishop Vergérus….what a classic Dickensian villain!
Best Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Anna Asp
Susanne Lingheim
Best Costume Design
Marik Vos-Lundh
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Director
Ingmar Bergman
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Ingmar Bergman

Fanny and Alexander review – Ingmar Bergman's dark fusion of Shakespeare and Dickens | Movies | The Guardian


Film list:  Sweden

My Life as a Dog (1985)

Academy Awards, USA 1988


  1. Don’t get me started on this movie…
  2. I love the “coming of age” theme as this young
  3. boy is sent to live with his uncle for the summer while
  4. his mother regains health after a serious illness.
  5. The boy creates a unique, funny and loving bond with his grandfather
  6. …so funny. Of course the boy develops a crush on a young
  7. woman, an artist, in the village.
  8. Love it….have watched it several times.


Best Director
Lasse Hallström
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Lasse Hallström
Reidar Jönsson
Brasse Brännström
Per Berglund


My Life as a Dog (1985) | The Criterion Collection



Film list:  Denmark

Academy Awards, USA 1988

Best Foreign Language Film



  1. Absolute favourite  of mine…I must have watched it 30 x…really!
  2. Every December when I get the urge to do some serious cooking
  3. I pop this DVD into the laptop and enjoy!
  4. Babette’s Feast as the 1987 Danish film.
  5. A French housekeeper with a mysterious past brings
  6. quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite French festive meal
  7. to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19th century Denmark.
  8. Touching story…that I never get tired of…based on a book by K. Blixen
  9. You will find Babette’s Feast in Anecdotes of Destiny …her last collection of stories.


BAFTA Awards 1989

BAFTA Film Award
Best Film not in the English Language
Just Betzer
Bo Christensen
Gabriel Axel

BAFTA Film Award
Best Actress
Stéphane Audran
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Gabriel Axel
Best Cinematography
Henning Kristiansen
Best Direction
Gabriel Axel
Best Film
Just Betzer
Bo Christensen



Babette's Feast - Movies on Google Play

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 20 2023

    Oh I really want to see Babette’s Feast, I was just talking about it a week ago with my French neighbour after I recommended her to watch Haute Cuisine (2012) currently on Netflix and she was shocked to hear I didn’t know about Babette’s Feast!

    Love all your recommendations! 🎬🍿

    • Jan 20 2023

      Thanks so much Claire, for your comments.
      I will have to look at Netflix Haute Cuisine.
      Babette’s Feast is such a joy to watch!

  2. Jan 21 2023

    Like the sound of the first one especially – as soon as you mentioned Dickens I was interested. 🙂 I read Babette’s Feast last year after a friend told me how much she loved the movie.

    • Jan 21 2023

      Fanny and Alexander is not easy to find (library or streaming). I bought the DVD. I’m trying to watch more movies this year….I’ve neglected films for many years b/c I had so many books to read. Now time to do a lot of “catch-up”!


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