The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise

The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise

With the release on DVD of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” yesterday and the theatrical distribution of sequel “The Girl Who Played With Fire” in theaters on Friday, I examine the Swedish phenom for IFC.com in this article “The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise“:

The year’s most successful foreign film isn’t from Pedro Almodóvar, doesn’t include martial arts fighting and isn’t distributed by Miramax or Sony Pictures Classics. It didn’t even play at a major international film festival like Cannes or Toronto. Reviews were generally favorable, but by no means raves; and with no foreign stars and a running time of more than two-and-a-half hours, it’s a miracle that the Swedish thriller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” garnered some $9 million in U.S. ticket sales and has become a first-of-its-kind arthouse franchise for new distributor Music Box Films….

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