Tag Archives: Norway

Schpaaa / Bunch of Five (1998) Erik Poppe, Maikel Andressen Abou-Zelof, Jalal Zahedjekta, Sharjil Arshed, Crime, Drama

Schpaaa AKA Bunch of Five (1998)
Jonas and Emir are members of a criminal gang of 14-15 year-olds in Oslo. Emir has slight brain-damage after being beaten by his father as a 5-year-old, and Jonas’ biggest problem is stopping Emir from hitting people on the head. One day, they are offered a job by a gang of drug-dealers: Deliver a packet of heroin to one guy and beat up another. This is the start of a chain of events that sends their lives spiraling out of control.

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Mamma Gógó (2010) Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Drama

Mamma Gogo (2010)
Mamma Gógó is about Gógó, an elderly lady, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and her son’s and family’s reaction to her illness. While Gógó is continuously getting herself into trouble, of the kind only a person with Alzheimer can, the son, the director is struggling with financial troubles after his film Children of Nature has flopped in the cinema. As Gógó’s disease progresses her family decides that it is best for her to move to a nursing home. Gógó and her deceased husband, who appears on the scene, are not happy with that decision. The director is dependent on others when it comes to his finances and when Gógó settles into the nursing home he decides to sell his mother’s apartment and valuable artwork but the profits of the sale help him to get by.

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Saraband (2003) Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Börje Ahlstedt, Drama, Music

Saraband (2003)
Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss. Staying at a cottage on the property are Johan’s son Henrik and Henrik’s daughter Karin. Henrik is giving his daughter cello lessons and already sees her future as staked out. Relations between father and son are very strained, but both are protective of Karin. They are all still mourning Anna, Henrik’s much-loved wife, who died two years ago, yet who, in many ways, remains present among them. Marianne soon realizes that things are not all as they should be, and she finds herself unwillingly drawn into a complicated and upsetting power struggle.

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Hamsun (1996) Jan Troell, Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Anette Hoff, Biography, Drama, War

Hamsun (1996)
Knut Hamsun is Norway’s most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway on April 9, 1940, he welcomes them and the protection they can give from Great Britain. He supports the national socialist ideals, but opposes the way these ideals are turned into action – that Norwegians are jailed and executed. His wife Marie travels in Germany during the war as a sign of support from Knut and herself.

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Hodejegerne / Headhunters (2011) Morten Tyldum, Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Crime, Thriller

Hodejegerne (2011)
Roger Brown works as one of the most powerful headhunters in Norway. To support his extravagant lifestyle, he is also an art thief, which he does in cahoots with his friend, the gun toting Ove Kjikerud. They replace the originals with forgeries, which go undetected at least until the trail back to them goes cold. His outward bravado, based primarily on building upon reputation, masks his insecurities, especially in his short physical stature. He feels he needs that confident demeanor and wealth to get what he wants, including his trophy wife, art gallery owner Diana Brown. However, he almost seems to like the thought of what Diana represents more than Diana herself. As such, he has a mistress on the side named Lotte. The issue of having a baby – Diana wants to get pregnant while Roger doesn’t want her to – is another bone of contention in their marriage. The two sides of Roger’s professional life intersect when Diana introduces him to Clas Greve, who would be perfect for the CEO …

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Söndagsbarn / Sunday’s Children (1992) Daniel Bergman, Henrik Linnros, Thommy Berggren, Lena Endre, Adventure, Biography, Drama

Sondagsbarn (1992)
The film switches back and forth between the adventures of Pu on a summer holiday in Norrland in Sweden and and the adult Pu visiting his father who lives in an old people’s home. Little Pu spends a summer in Norrland in the 1920s with all his relatives. He and his brother get to hear the story about the watchmaker who hung himself, learns to shoot with a bow and follow his father on a bicycle trip.

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