Student or Learner
How could I paraphrase the expression in bold. Please help.
Once you watch a few of these films, the attraction becomes clear: unlike Bergman's often arty, ponderous parables, modern Scandinavian movies are brilliant at telling universally recognizable stories without sacrificing an aura of art-house good taste.
My nonprofessional sentiments:
while retaining the charm of foreign art films.
without pandering to the mainstream