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Take Care of Your Scar(f), Lilya! De-stigmatizing the Image of the Post-Soviet Other in Nordic Cinema

Tzvetomila Pauly
Published Online: 2015-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bsmr-2015-0014


The article discusses the cinematic representations of the post-Soviet individual in two internationally acclaimed Nordic films, namely, Aki Kaurismäki’s Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana, Finland/Germany, 1994) and Lukas Moodysson’s Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever, Sweden/Denmark, 2002). The guiding premise is that the films represent cross-cultural inquiries on identity and otherness that reflect and challenge the (male) gaze of the West European North upon the (female) post-Soviet East soon after the collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe.


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Published Online: 2015-12-05

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Baltic Screen Media Review, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 36–53, ISSN (Online) 2346-5522, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bsmr-2015-0014.

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