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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)

In 1994, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson died, leaving behind three unpublished novels. They became international bestsellers. And all three have been adapted to the screen in Swedish. The first in the trilogy is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Interestingly, the Swedish title is Men who Hate Women – a decidedly more apt description. Warning: There are some extremely raw scenes of sexual violence in the film.) In it we are introduced to the two main characters of the series – Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Mikael is a journalist who we meet just as he is being found guilty of libel and sentenced to jail time. In Sweden you don’t go immediately to jail, so he is at loose ends since he cannot go back to work at the magazine for whom he wrote the libelous piece.