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Old 07-31-2011, 05:23 AM
 
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I just watched this last night. I haven't read any reviews but I did check IMDB and see it was nominated for a BAFTA and had 8.1 stars.

I liked it but I'm a little surprised by the above. I didn't like it that much.
I wonder if I've just gotten dumbed down by Hollywood or something? I'm normally very taken by and sympathetic to underdogs. Oskar who is bullied and whose family life is ok but not ideal was a little irritating.
At the end I didn't understand why he just wouldn't swim farther out into the pool to avoid the older boys bullying? Couldn't they have come up with something more realistic? And why travel with the box on a train when she clearly had the money for a cab before?

Interesting how foreign films don't seem to feel the need to explain everything and wrap up their story lines in neat packages. You get used to, expect it, notice it when its not being done. It makes you think a little more. I get the impression that foreign directors are a little more of the 'leave it open for personal interpretation' types?

The think I will remember most is the scene with the cats. Holy Cow! Hadn't seen that before.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:30 AM
 
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I just watched this last night. I haven't read any reviews but I did check IMDB and see it was nominated for a BAFTA and had 8.1 stars.

I liked it but I'm a little surprised by the above. I didn't like it that much.
I wonder if I've just gotten dumbed down by Hollywood or something? I'm normally very taken by and sympathetic to underdogs. Oskar who is bullied and whose family life is ok but not ideal was a little irritating.
At the end I didn't understand why he just wouldn't swim farther out into the pool to avoid the older boys bullying? Couldn't they have come up with something more realistic? And why travel with the box on a train when she clearly had the money for a cab before?

Interesting how foreign films don't seem to feel the need to explain everything and wrap up their story lines in neat packages. You get used to, expect it, notice it when its not being done. It makes you think a little more. I get the impression that foreign directors are a little more of the 'leave it open for personal interpretation' types?

The think I will remember most is the scene with the cats. Holy Cow! Hadn't seen that before.
They were leaving the country together.

And you ask why Oskar did not try to swim further out? They would have chased him anyways, so he had to "stand" up to them. I felt like that scene showed Oskar was still not capable of standing up for himself which is why the vamp came to his aide. Oskar was still a weak boy. It was realistic enough.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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The hospital is the city hall in my hometown.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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I didn't like the movie at all. It had a few BRILLIANT scenes, but a few brilliant scenes do not a good movie make.

The pacing was turgid. Watching this movie was like watching icicles drip.

And there was a tone of pedophilia throughout that set off my Ick Factor.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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I didn't like the movie at all. It had a few BRILLIANT scenes, but a few brilliant scenes do not a good movie make.

The pacing was turgid. Watching this movie was like watching icicles drip.

And there was a tone of pedophilia throughout that set off my Ick Factor.
Its a Swedish thing. I know you may not understand but there are other cultures in the world that have different believes. But pedophilia is common in Sweden. I don't know where its more common between the US or Sweden but at least in Sweden it isn't seen as taboo.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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Its a Swedish thing. I know you may not understand but there are other cultures in the world that have different believes. But pedophilia is common in Sweden. I don't know where its more common between the US or Sweden but at least in Sweden it isn't seen as taboo.
And that's why I'm proud to be an American.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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And there was a tone of pedophilia throughout that set off my Ick Factor.
Pedophilia between who? Between Oskar and Eli, or between Eli and her former caretaker?
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Its a Swedish thing. I know you may not understand but there are other cultures in the world that have different believes. But pedophilia is common in Sweden. I don't know where its more common between the US or Sweden but at least in Sweden it isn't seen as taboo.
Really?
Where have you learned that?
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Really?
Where have you learned that?
From Swedes in real life. I met them in Sweden and in hostels. We would all have talks over beers. And it was brought up several times. So I assumed it was common.
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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From Swedes in real life. I met them in Sweden and in hostels. We would all have talks over beers. And it was brought up several times. So I assumed it was common.
I dunno. I'm skeptical. Granted, I've never met anyone from Sweden, but I have known several Danes and Norwegians, and while Scandinavian sexual morality does differ in some ways than the U.S., I have never once heard of adults having sex with kids as being accepted as A-ok anywhere in Europe. I think maybe you were just drinking with some pervs.
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