Carice van Houten (Black Book) stars as Lea, a career woman who finally agrees with her husband to have a child. But their idyllic life is shattered when the baby’s arrival triggers severe postpartum depression and reopens buried psychological wounds in Lea. Institutionalized and distrusted by her husband, Lea struggles to exorcise her demons and reclaim her old happiness in this pathos-filled drama.
Dutch with subtitles, 100 min.
The fundamental nature of human intimacy is examined in this groundbreaking observation of a life lived primarily in the virtual world. A withdrawn professional gamer, in Taiwan for a videogame tournament, befriends a prostitute after shoulder pain prevents him from competing. Though their relationship remains platonic in real life, they form a romantic bond through their online rendezvous in the game Second Life.
Dutch with subtitles, 87 min.
In Zero, a volatile teenager struggles to separate himself from his imprisoned father.
Ten months have passed since former black ops soldier Malcolm (Idris Elba, The Wire) was brutally tortured at the hands of a Ukrainian arms dealer. Retreating into isolation in a Brooklyn apartment, Malcolm seeks to uncover a web of corruption involving a powerful senator… who also happens to be his brother. Paranoia and fear set in as Malcolm retraces the events of his failed military operation while confronting his own shameful and brutal past.
In this bittersweet smorgasbord of unforgettable characters, bawdy sex, and distinctly Scandinavian tragicomedy, laconic part-time gangster Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) leaves prison after a 12-year stint for murder. A free man, he must choose between taking revenge on the snitch who turned him in and attempting reconciliation with his family. Skarsgård delivers a deviously comic and somewhat frightening performance as a man whose gentleness has its limits.
Norwegian with subtitles, 107 min.