Tag Archives: Norway

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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Folk flest bor i Kina / Most People Live in China (2002) Thomas Robsahm, Martin Asphaug, Ingar Helge Gimle, Kim Haugen, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Drama, Comedy

Folk flest bor i Kina (2002)
Gas station owner, Lasse, spends most of his time rebuilding his old Tiger Moth aeroplane and dreams of one day flying it through the air. He barely notices the strange stories that focuses around his station in the 24 hours before Election Day. A man gets a nasty surprise as he leaves his family in the car to enjoy a quick skinny dip. A cow eats a mobile phone. A lesbian couple looses their child. A blind girl and her brother sells dubious lottery tickets. A boy falls in love with the girl at the gas station. A man picks up an impertinent young hitchhiker. Three girls with engine trouble get help from a man in a pyjamas. Nine old men meet a young girl stuck in a swamp. A movie inspired by eight Norwegian political parties, written by six writers and directed by nine directors.

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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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Kaldaljós / Cold Light (2004) Hilmar Oddsson, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Ruth Olafsdottir, Drama

Kaldaljos (2004)
A 40-year-old is hiding in a self-made prison of mundane life. The film opens as he finally becomes resolved to dare gaze at and come to terms with someone’s totally different life. His unthinkable past. He turbulently sheds the cobwebs to find that light and happiness have been awaiting him. And this potentially cold cinematic knock on life’s door becomes a defiantly uplifting work of art.

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Salmer fra kjøkkenet / Kitchen Stories (2003) Bent Hamer, Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Comedy, Drama

Salmer fra kjokkenet (2003)
In post war Sweden it was discovered that every year, an average housewife walks the equivalent number of miles as the distance between Stockholm and Congo, while preparing her family meals. So the Home Research Institute sent out eighteen observers to a rural district of Norway to map out the kitchen routines of single men. The researchers were on twenty-four-hour call, and sat in special strategically placed chairs in each kitchen. Furthermore, under no circumstances were the researchers to be spoken to, or included in the kitchen activities.

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