How can a Prince be a murderer and beloved by his people? How can an Apothecary be evil tempted but right thinking? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen? Because humans are complicated beasts. You believe comforting lies
while knowing full well the painful truth that makes those lies
necessary. In the end, Conor, it is not important what you think. It is
only important what you do.
honestly seeing men cry is kind of beautiful. and not in a misandrist way i just love it when men are able to acknowledge and express their emotions and feel secure enough to trust other people to see it
Swedish books/movies/tv shows you should read/watch
Here is a list of swedish books/movies/tv shows that you should read/watch if you want to !
(this is not a ranking)
Desirée wants to know who stole her life. Institutionalised since early childhood due to severe disabilities, she lies in her hospital bed making plans. She can neither walk nor talk, but she has special abilities. Desirée is an ‘April witch’, which means that she’s able to see through other creatures’ eyes and can make them take her wherever she wants to. In her quest to find out which of her three foster sisters has stolen her life, Desirée becomes an invisible presence in their lives, following them, biding her time.
Simon and the Oaks
(Simon och ekarna) by Marianne Fredriksson.
Simon Larsson grows up in a working-class family in Gothenburg in the 1940s. World War II is raging. Simon’s father is a man of principles and strong views; his mother runs the home with love and warmth. But they are not his biological parents. Simon finds out that he was adopted and that his real father is Jewish. At school, Simon meets Isak Lentov, the son of a rich Jewish bookkeeper. The Lentovs, who fled from Nazi Germany before the war, becomes closely linked to Simon’s own family as the two boys make the transition from childhood to adulthood.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
(Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) by Jonas Jonasson.
On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson breaks out of an old people’s home, through the window. He is determined to fill his remaining days with adventure and embarks on a long journey through Sweden, being chased by thieves and police, making friends along the way. Mixed with his old-age adventure, his life’s story is told: he dines with president-to-be Harry S. Truman, hitchhikes with Winston Churchill, travels on a river boat with Mao Zedong’s wife and treks through the Himalayas.
Gösta Berling’s Saga
by Selma Lagerlöf.
A priest defrocked for misbehaving and drinking, Gösta Berling wants to die. The Mistress of Ekeby saves him from freezing to death and takes him in. As one of 12 party-loving homeless men in the manor at Ekeby, Gösta Berling becomes a leading spirit. But the evil Sintram lures the men into making a deal with the devil, which leads to the Mistress of Ekeby leaving home. Wild adventures, power struggle and redemption follow.
Let the Right One In
(Låt den rätta komma in) by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
It’s the winter of 1981 in the grey Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg. Twelve-year-old Oskar is being bullied. But he has a friend who lives next door, Eli. The two develop a close relationship, and Eli helps Oskar fight back against his tormentors. But this story is more than just a snapshot of average suburban life. Eli is a vampire, which Oskar has yet to find out. As mysterious murders spread fear and confusion in the community, Oskar starts to understand – but doesn’t abandon Eli.
(Vägen till Klockrike) by Harry Martinson.
In 1898, cigar maker Bolle faces big changes. Hand-rolled cigars have to give way to modern, machine-made, mass-produced cigars. Industrialisation is here and Bolle doesn’t like it. He hits the road. On wood-lined gravel roads we follow his vagabond journey through a Sweden about to change. Bolle learns how to beg without provoking people, faces the fear of inhabitants and meets riding policemen as well as vagabond friends. The vagabonds share a longing for freedom and a feeling of scepticism of the brave new world.
Popular Music from Vittula
(Populärmusik från Vittula) by Mikael Niemi.
Matti and his silent friend Niila grow up in Pajala in the very north of Sweden, in an area called Vittula. This is the 1960s/70s, when roads are covered with asphalt, small farms are closed and rock music hits the radio. The older generation doesn’t like the novelties, shaped as they are by memories of poorer times and by Laestadianism, a conservative Lutheran movement that started in Swedish Lapland. Mikael and his friends dream of another life, a life that awaits beyond the horizon.
Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs
(Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger) by Linda Olsson.
One dark evening in March, Veronika arrives at a remote cottage in a small Swedish village, having come all the way from New Zealand. She is a young author longing for peace and quiet to be able to finish her novel and get on with her life after mourning a great loss. Veronika’s closest neighbour is Astrid, a loner. Behind her walls, dark family secrets and a personal tragedy are hidden. As the cold winter turns to spring, the two women slowly form a bond. Their friendship will change both of their lives forever.
The People of Hemsö
(Hemsöborna) by August Strindberg.
Carlsson is on his way to the island of Hemsö in the Stockholm archipelago to work at widow Flod’s farm. With Flod’s husband dead and her son Gusten not caring about farming, the farm is in a state of disorder. When Carlsson starts taking care of everything, Flod is happy, but her son finds Carlsson very snobbish. Eventually Carlsson marries Flod – but let’s just say she’s not the only woman on the island.
The Serious Game
(Den allvarsamma leken) by Hjalmar Söderberg.
Arvid Stjärnblom and Lydia Stille accidentally meet again, ten years after their young romance ended. Now, they are both married, but can’t help falling for each other again and start an affair. Lydia is an independent woman who gets a divorce and is prepared to follow her emotions, which turns out to have far-reaching consequences. Arvid, on the other hand, stays married to his wife with whom he has two children. It soon becomes clear that love is a serious game.
Another Friday night well spent, watching a magical film with my parents over rosé and popcorn.
One of my favorite scenes from Lost and Found (1996), directed by Lee Chi Ngai, starring Kelly Chen and Takeshi Kaneshiro. A heavy film that manages to stay light with the lovable Kaneshiro, beautiful cinematography and spontaneous scenes like this one shown. Featuring music from Leonard Cohen and the talented Kelly Chen herself!
There are many people that question why we are upset over the passing over an actor, a musician or a celebrity. Yes, we may not have known them personally but the relationship between us was something many cannot comprehend. Their lives, what they achieved and what they did, whether it be songs for the ages or movies that influenced our whole lives, a value cannot be placed on these memories.
We mourn these people because we understand that we have also lost something close to us, someone close to us. We lost an influence in our lives. Something that made us who were are today. Although they may be gone, we still have the remnants of their influence.
Whenever you hear a song of theirs, you will remember their life and what impact it had on your life. When you watch their films or performances, their most quotable line should still be your mantra.
Just remember that whenever someone passes, we will grieve. Even though the force is dark on this day, it will be bright again.
Request: Can I please get 96, 97 and 98 with Kai? :)
Prompts: “I never thought you’d hurt me but I was wrong. You hurt me the most.” “I want you and I know you want me too.” “I can’t watch you with someone else. It’s tearing me apart.”
Imagine~ you used to have feelings for Kai but you didn’t think he returned them but when you got a new boyfriend he confesses everything to you.
Watching his arm slung around your shoulder made Kai’s blood boil. That should’ve been him, it should’ve been him watching late night films with you, eating takeaway food with you, it should’ve been him calling you mine. (a/n) i have no idea if that makes sense but you get the picture.
You could feel Kai’s eyes burning into you as Josh, your boyfriend, slung his arm around you, pulling you closer into him. It felt uncomfortable, the boy you were currently with and the boy you still loved in the same room together. Especially when you could tell Kai was annoyed.
“I’m just gonna grab a glass of water.” you said lowly to Josh who was completely engrossed in conversation with his friends. He didn’t reply so you simply stood up and walked to the kitchen, pouring yourself a glass of water.
The tension in the room was deafening and it seemed you were the only person who actually noticed it, seeing as you were the only person who needed air.
“So, who’s the new guy?” you heard the familiar voice say. You span around to see exactly who you were expecting, Kai Parker.
“My boyfriend. Why?” you asked nonchalantly taking a sip of your water. Kai looked at you cocking an eyebrow before continuing.
“Why on earth are you with him? He clearly doesn’t care about you, he’s just using you.” Kai said making you roll your eyes. Kai was the one who hurt you in the first place and now he has the cheek to pull that act.
“Why do you care so much?” you asked clearly irritated by his presence.
“I don’t. I just don’t want you to get hurt and then come crying to me about how I was right the whole time.” he said plainly, grabbing a beer from the fridge.
“You think he’s going to break my heart?” you said, raising your voice slightly gradually getting more and more irritated at the siphoner.
“He’ll hurt you, whether you like it or not. I can tell, he’s a heart breaker.” Kai said, smiling at you sarcastically before his face turned to a slight amount of disgust.
“Oh my god. Are you jealous?” you asked, a small sarcastic laugh escaping your lips.
“All I’m trying to say is I would never hurt you, unlike him him.” he said as you scoffed at his words.
“You know what Kai.” you started “I never thought you’d hurt me but I was wrong. You hurt me the most.”
Tears brimmed your eyes at your own words and the thought of how hurt you were when you thought he didn’t have feelings for you.
“When have I ever hurt you? We were never together.” Kai said raising his voice at you.
“Exactly. I had feelings for you and you didn’t return them so I went and got a new boyfriend and now here you are saying your better for me. It’s too late Kai.” you said getting quieter with every word you said.
“It’s not too late, just dump that phony and I’ll show you that I’m better for you.” he said, raising his voice once again as he towered over you.
“Kai, what don’t you understand about it’s too late. I don’t have feelings for you anymore.” you lied, you couldn’t let him win. As much as you wanted to be with him, he hurt you and you didn’t want to be in that pain ever again.
“Stop lying.” he scoffed, slowly approaching you whilst you rolled your eyes.
“I want you and I know you want me too.”
You bit on your bottom lip, shaking your head slowly. “I’m happy now Kai.”
Everything you were saying was a complete lie. You weren’t happy. You’d never be happy without Kai but you’d also never stay sane with him.
Kai looked at you, pain evident in his eyes at your words. “Please, don’t go back to him.” he whispered as his eyes became glossy.
You pursed your lips together, desperately trying to avoid eye contact. “Where am I supposed to go then?”
After what felt like forever you looked at Kai, it was as if the pain he was feeling was passed onto you as well.
“Anywhere. Just not with him.” Kai said. His feelings were controlling him, even though feelings were new to him he knew he loved you and seeing you with somebody else was slowly killing him.
“Why not?” you croaked making you curse yourself for sounding so weak when you needed to look strong.
“I can’t watch you with someone else. It’s tearing me apart.” he said locking eyes with you.
“Kai, do you realize how hard it was to have every single piece of me to love you but then for you not return the feeling I had for you? It killed me Kai, I wanted to die. But I had to learn to move on and so do you.” you sighed, tears spilling down your face at your words.
“No.” Kai whispered and he quickly approached you, smashing his lips against yours.
Everything around you stopped as you stood there stunned as Kai’s hands cupped your face.
After a few moments you melted into the kiss. You completely forgot about Josh and all of your emotions were focused on Kai.
Butterflies swarmed your stomach as all of your emotions ran wild. Your brain was rushing with thoughts, all of which involved Kai.
Kai pulled away first, resting his forehead against yours. You let out a shaky breath as you opened your eyes looking into his deep blue ones.
“Please. I need you.” he said shakily, his heart pumping.
“I’m here.” you whispered.
(a/n) anon requested this and it was fun to write. I kind of struggled at some bits but I hope its somewhere along the lines of what you were looking for <3
10 Reasons Why You Should Watch ‘Le Roi danse’ (and if you already have, you should watch it again!)
Film synopsis from Wikipedia: The film, presenting libertine and pagan Lully as a natural ally of the early Enlightenment figure Louis XIV of France in his conflicts with the Catholic establishment, focuses on Lully’s personal and possibly romantic relationship with the King, as well as his camaraderie with Molière and rivalry with Robert Cambert.
1) It’s a superb movie. It’s cinematically intriguing and breathtaking. There are some intriguing themes about love and loyalty, as well as deity, religion and the Enlightenment. Also the visuals are to die for (gif source):
2) Just the ballet scenes in general. The dancing is so on point and fascinating! Not to mention there’s a lot going on with Louis and ballet, how it’s for his glory, but how he argues he’s using it to ease poltiical tensions. Plus, it’s King Louis XIV doing ballet (gif source):
3) The acting is so on point, SO much talent. Benoît Magimel’s portrayal of Louis’s transition from artistic rebel to, after his mother’s death, grim stoic is astounding. There’s also Tchéky Karyo as a charming, sympathetic, and very human Molière. His performance is somehow poignant in how natural it is. My personal favorite was Boris Terral’s performance as Lully, though. You can just tell he lived and breathed that role (He also looks like how I imagine Camille Desmoulins on a good day). (gif source):
4) The costumes are amazing. You also get to see many of Louis’s ballet costumes in stunning historical accuracy:
5) The relationships between the characters are compelling. The combative relationship between Louis and his mother, between Madeleine Lambert (Lully’s wife) and the composer Cambert, between opera singer Julie (who is Madeleine’s neice!) and Lully…and many more. My personal favorites, however, are Lully and Molière’s friendship, and the complex relationship between Lully and the King. So much so that they earn their own bullet points.
6) Lully and Molière’s friendship is great. Yes it goes sour, which is very dramatic in of itself, but their friendship is quite charming. There’s even scene where they basically (jokingly?) get married:
7) There’s also Lully’s feelings toward King Louis, which are a huge driving force for the movie. It’s not even subtext that Lully has romantic feelings for him. It’s shown outright when Lully leaves his wife in labor to go to the King’s rescue. It’s stated outright when Lully declares that he loves only the King.
8) Which brings me to this film’s treatment of sexuality. A treatment that, actually, is fairly historically accurate. Lully sleeps with women, but also participates in the ‘Italian manners’ aka same-sex sexuality between men. He even refers to a particular marquis’s page as ‘lovely as a girl, better than a girl’.
Some admonish Lully for his proclivities.
Others don’t mind. And others completely accept it. His wife is well aware of it, and doesn’t condemn him for it. There are spaces where Lully can entertain these passions, and others where he can’t. This is quite in line with history at the time. And although historically it was infrequently invoked, the capital punishment for sodomy is referenced:
So basically lots of bonus points for that. Although, we don’t get to see Louis’s brother Philippe, who historically had a vast preference for men and was connected with many men of the court who has similar preferences. Lully and Philippe knew each other in real life, so it would’ve been nice to see that interaction in the movie.
9) Which brings us to the skillful blending of fact and fiction. Molière’s death, as portrayed in the film, really did happen. Lully really was admonished for his same-sex activities. Lully really was that cutthroat about his relationship with the King. However, like movies such as Amadeus, there is a blending of fact and fiction. Gaps are filled in, in manners that can be debated as to their historical accuracy. Nonetheless it’s a skillful blend that maintains an amount of historical accuracy but also cinematic drama.
10) It’s easyto watch, since it’s on Youtube. The movie is in French, and there are English subtitles.
I like to read other people’s reviews of films I love and today I was reading reviews about The Last Five Years.
How many times did I read that they didn’t like Jeremy because Jamie came across as selfish and arrogant? How many times did I read that they didn’t like Anna because Cathy came across as withdrawn and naive? Waaaaaay too many. Obviously opinions are opinions but people are missing the point…
People dislike the two actors in these roles for playing the roles correctly. Jamie and Cathy are both meant to be an enigma to the viewer. How does Jamie go from loving Cathy with such intensity that he calls her a goddess to cheating? How does Cathy go from a determined young woman to someone struggling to find her place and resenting her husband? These are all questions you should ask yourself while watching this film!
Neither of these characters is meant to be perfect. Cathy starts off with such a vibrant determination to succeed that it feeds Jamie’s creative process. Jamie starts off with an all consuming passion for everything in life that Cathy, too, is consumed by him in a way she has yearned for.
And then it begins to crumble. She is not successful, she depletes herself in an effort to remain part of him/his success. Her fire burns out and his need to love someone whose fire will continuously ignite his own goes unsatisfied. She wants a “we” and he wants her to be a “her” that can inspire him.
He attempts to help her find herself, the Cathy who he fell in love with that knows she is better than the rest. She locks up her feelings of failure and refuses to verbalize them until she explodes.
Neither is more or less at fault than the other. Neither loved each other more or less than the other at the start. Love is comprised of glorious highs and incredible lows and you have to be on the same page to make it through. These two, at the end, were not even in the same book.
And spoken from personal experience. Sometimes, despite everyone’s best intentions, love doesn’t work…it isn’t forever and it will fail. It’s nasty and it hurts and you never expect it…but it happens. And it fucking sucks. I’ve been a bit of Cathy at the end (withdrawn and resentful) and I’ve been a bit of Jamie at the end (forced to leave in a last ditch effort not to lose myself) and I was BOTH of them at the same time, in the same relationship.
So, if you’ve left the film confused by these two characters don’t look at it as a failure in the way Jeremy and Anna portrayed them. In fact, they’ve actually done their jobs perfectly if that’s how you feel. You are meant to walk away from this film thinking exactly what Jamie and Cathy are thinking when all is said and done…how the fuck did this happen?