Cinema: By Northern Lights

Most films from Sweden are either saturated with sex or infatuated with Ingmar Bergman, or both. In two mettlesome new movies, a pair of little-known Swedish directors make no effort whatever to change the subject, which is still man-woman-mattress, but they owe little more to Bergman than full-bodied performances by several of his favorite actors. Both films display a strong personal style, evidence that Sweden's movie industry may be thriving on an infusion of warm blood.

Dear John is a tour de force of erotic realism by Director Lars Magnus Lindgren, 43. During a...

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