Self-declared aspiring writer Hank Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics. Any dead-end job he lands is soon lost through laziness or mischief. His relationship with fellow deadbeat Jan gets strained to crisis through her insecurity, so he even gives up betting on horses which brought in easy money.
Tag Archives: Norway
Upperdog (2009) Sara Johnsen, Hermann Sabado, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Comedy, Drama
As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo’s west side, she to an average family on the east side. In contrast to her younger brother, Yanne remembers their journey to Norway, but she has no idea where he might be now. All this is about to change, however, as Yanne’s Polish friend Maria starts working as a maid for Axel’s parents, there discovering a photograph of a young boy. Maria has seen the same picture on the wall of Yanne’s flat. She decides to reunite them. But before having time to realize the consequences, she sets in motion a chain of events which throws many people into emotional turmoil.
It’s not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party… One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son Nikolaj hit the wall in their new terrace house in Rykkinn. Magnus is an architect, hippie and free spirit, a glaring exception in a community where equality and conformity is the norm. He always stands up for his son, supporting him unconditionally, even when Nikolaj decides to stop giving a damn. SONS OF NORWAY is a film about rebellion, punk rock, suburban hell and the struggle between freaks and punks. But most of all, it’s the story of an unusual father-son relationship, and about the strength of the bonds we sometimes do our best to rip apart.
After the Wedding / Efter brylluppet (2006) Susanne Bier, Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Art-house, Drama
Jacob Petersen has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened by closure, he receives an unusual offer. A Danish businessman, Jørgen, offers him a donation of $4 million dollars. There are, however, certain conditions… Not only must Jacob return to Denmark, he must also take part in the wedding of Jørgen’s daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life.
Two brothers in their seventies, Pa and Moe, have lived together all their lives in a little house in the country, the only interruption being when Pa made a weekend trip to Småland on his moped during the second World War. The past returns when his adult son dating from his Swedish visit, Konrad, comes to live with them after his mother has fallen ill. Soon Moe is about to discover that three is indeed a crowd…
Alt for Egil / This is the Song you Need (2004) Tore Rygh, Kristoffer Joner, Trond Høvik, Nina Ellen Ødegård, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Egil Hjelmeland, a Morten Abel-worshipping pizza delivery boy, has his hands full taking care of his mother and his intellectually disabled friend, Jan-Ove. Egil wants to buy a car for his friend’s birthday in order for Jan-Ove to be able to drive out pizzas too. The only problem is that his buddy is not permitted to drive a car. One day Egil crashes into Anette on the downhill slope. She falls into a coma. He falls in love.
Brev til Kongen / Letter to the King (2014) Hisham Zaman, Ali Bag Salimi, Zheer Durhan, Nazmi Kirik, Drama
Letter to the King portrays five people on a day trip from a refugee camp to Oslo, a welcome change in an otherwise monotonous life. But we soon realize that each and every one of them has an agenda for their trip. All five will make decisive choices on this day, as they discover happiness, humiliation, love or fulfill a long-awaited revenge. The five stories are tied together by a letter, written by eighty-three year old Mirza. Mirza wants to hand over the letter to the King personally.
Lakki… The Boy Who Could Fly / Gutten som kunne fly (1992) Svend Wam, Anders Borchgrevink, Nina Gunke, Bjørn Skagestad, Drama
Abused by his gym teacher and his mother’s current boy friend Lakki can find no peace. He cannot turn to his father as the man is distant and uncaring. Instead the 14 year old finds friends and harbor on the streets. He gets himself in trouble at school, starts playing with drugs, and tries to become a bully. He has no direction and no one to guide him. Even the friends he has made turn against him. It is only when things turn to the worst, and his fantasies are at their height does the real world finally reach in and save him from a tumble into the abyss of drugs and prostitution.
Hrútar / Rams (2015) Grímur Hákonarson, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jon Benonysson, Drama
In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily – and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.