Best Movies Written & Directed by Tobias Lindholm, Ranked – MovieWeb

In light of The Good Nurse finally landing on Netflix, here’s a look at other movies written and/or directed by Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm.
Tobias Lindholm, who directs, creates, and writes his movies out of his native Denmark, is one of the key international directors to watch going forward. Born and educated in Denmark, receiving his degree from the National Film School in the country, he rose to attention originally domestically with his television writing. A local popular series, Borgen, featured Lindholm’s name on every episode credit for the first two seasons, as he contributed in some capacity. As he branched out into feature filmmaking, his work began to be selected at film festivals all over the world, allowing his movies the opportunity to be seen on a larger scale.
Not only were Lindholm's films being selected for these festivals, but he began to take home some prizes, too. In Denmark, he landed the Bodil Award for his first two feature films, both of which came out in 2010. As his career and style of filmmaking matured, he began to tackle subjects of war, violence, and the atrocities and crimes that come with such acts. His first English-language movie The Good Nurse, recently hit the streaming platform Netflix after making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. These are Lindholm’s best movies that he wrote and/or directed, ranked.
Lindholm both wrote and directed A War, which came out in 2015. Starring Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling, the plotline of this movie can be easily guessed by the title. A Danish military company has been stationed in Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. Their goal is to also protect the innocent civilians that get caught up in the conflict, but things start to go south when the commander of the unit is accused of having committed war crimes. A War seamlessly blends the horrors and trauma of being on the front of such conflicts in addition to the legal side of what comes with being accused of war crimes.
The thriller A Hijacking made its debut at the Venice International Film Festival in 2012. A cook aboard a merchant ship simply wants to go home and be with his wife and kids, but, to make his anxieties so much worse, the ship he is on is hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean. All of the crew on the shift are now hostages, including the cook, and tensions run high as the company tries to negotiate them all to safety. A Hijacking is a thriller that keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats.
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Submarino was Lindholm’s second feature film, which he wrote. It came out in 2010 alongside his directorial debut: R. Adapted from a novel titled Submarino, the movie tells the story of two brothers with a rough childhood. They ultimately become separated and grow up separately, but fate intervenes when they are adults. They are put in prison together, showing how their childhood set the stage for adulthood also plagued by the same issues. The movie made its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010.
In The Commune, it tells the story of a couple named Erik and Anna. After his father's death, they are left behind with a large house they really cannot afford, so they allow people to join them in living there if they pay rent. With nine people now under the same roof, things quickly go wrong when Erik engages in an affair with one of their new tenants. Suddenly the peace and harmony that came with the commune are thrown completely off, sparking an entirely new series of events. Actress Trine Dyrholm took home the Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin for her performance in the film.
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The black comedy Another Round came out in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its world premiere came with the Toronto International Film Festival, and it would go on to win the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. Four teachers and friends work at a school in Copenhagen and struggle with their careers and personal lives. Now reaching their 40s and middle age, they decide to try and prove a theory by a psychiatrist to gain some more sense of the world and why creativity works the way it does. This experiment includes a lot of alcohol, as it involves testing blood alcohol content, and if it succeeds, their lives might change for the better.
Lindholm directs Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne in Netflix’s The Good Nurse. Originally set in 1996, it fast-forwards to 2003 when a nurse (Chastain) with heart problems keeps her condition a secret. She also lacks proper health insurance for the treatment she needs, making the situation so much worse. Her hospital has hired Charlie Cullen (Redmayne) to assist her during her shifts, but, as it turns out, he discovers her secret and agrees to help her. At the same time, a string of deaths occurs at the hospital, thus making a serial killer on the premises all the more likely. Based on a true story, The Good Nurse is a fit for a solid true crime movie.
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