Fyra små filmer (1998)

Categorization

Series of 4 hour-long TV movies, all with unrelated plots, by one tragicomedy troupe.

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Gunnar Rehlin - en liten film om att göra någon illa (1999 IMDb)

Categorization

Mockumentary.

Subject

The comedy troupe responsible for this series of films has gone into advertising instead, but decides to run a campaign solely for the purpose of denigrating respected film critic Gunnar Rehlin.

Commentary

“It's a must!” Translated title: “Gunnar Rehlin: A Small Film About Hurting Someone”.

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Ben & Gunnar - en liten film om manlig vänskap (1999 IMDb)

Categorization

A gloriously queer paraphrase of When Harry Met Sally... (1989).

Subject

Two guys who met on the way to a Springsteen concert run into each other again, talk beards and realize that male friendship leads to love.

Commentary

I wonder how gays look at it. It's a nice coda to the obsession with gender seen in NileCity 105.6 (1995). The title means “Ben & Gunnar: A Small Film About Male Bonding”.

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På sista versen - en liten film om döden (1999 IMDb)

Categorization

Black comedy on the verge of farce.

Subject

To save his job, a state television filmmaker decides to record his ailing father's death.

Commentary

Meh. Translated title: “Approaching the End: A Small Film About Death”.

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Torsk på Tallinn - en liten film om ensamhet (1999 IMDb)

Categorization

Mockumentary featuring the greatest of the troupe's megatextual characters, the horrid small-time entrepreneur Percy Nilegård.

Subject

Gratingly lonely men, including some chauvinists in it for pussy, take a coach bus tour from Sweden to Estonia for a pre-arranged meet-and-greet and party with single Estonian women interested in marrying and moving to the richer country.

Commentary

Starkly realistic black comedy, nearly at the genre's finest. The official translation of the title is Screwed in Tallinn. The original is also a pun, readable as either “Johns in Tallinn” or “Sold on Tallinn”, with a subtitle meaning “A Small Film About Loneliness”.

References here: Percy tårar (1996).

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