Cinema: Scandinavian Sindrome

Weekend, honored as the best Danish film of 1963, suggests that life in that tidy, prosperous welfare state is a smorgasbord of boredom and discontent. As interpreted by Director Palle Kjaerulff-Schmidt, its benefits whet the appetite but dull the taste. "What we need is an air raid," says one world-weary citizen. "Masses of planes, guns firing, everybody seeking cover or protecting the kids." Lacking such clear-cut goals, he and his friends make Scandinavia sizzle.

The movie tells of three married couples and one bushy-tailed bachelor, all in their 30s, weekending at a seaside resort where they drink, quarrel, and trade mates—often so...

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