Bent Hamer – 1001 Gram (2014)

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When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. Finally Marie is forced to come to terms with how much a human life truly weighs and which measurements she intends to live by.

The international prototype kilogram of 1889, the mother of all kilos, is today kept in a vault at Bureau International des Poids et Mesures BIPM in Paris. It is the last physical weight reference still in use and the national prototypes must from time to time be transported from their respective countries to Paris in order to be recalibrated Continue reading

Bent Hamer – Eggs (1995)

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Bent Hamer is the most important director to come out of Scandinavia in recent years. I believe most people will agree with me when I say he, alongside Aki Kaurismaki, is the talent who represents the area best in international plattform. He is most widely known for 2003’s Kitchen Stories which won a number of important awards.

His debut feature Eggs is a film about two old brothers who live together in a very litlle house without even noticing other people exist. They have lived together for many years and never left each other except for once. This exception’s result is a son, who now comes to live with his father and uncle. As the brothers are in their seventies, the son is an adult, but it is hard to say that he acts like it. After his arrival, the film continues to show us a chapter from their quiet and still daily life. As you can see, there’s not much to enjoy here on paper. What makes Eggs so rare and entertaining is that the dirctor has a tremendous to skill to find all the riches of daily life and show them to us in brilliant style. Eggs opens with a long take of strange, yet funny stairs, we see the brothers climbing up and down for minutes but nothing happens. And then, you just find yourself smiling. Eggs is full of such moments, it is difficult to describe their effect but I can say that they are both funny and sad at the same time with many touching expressions and witty moments. Hamer puts a little smile on your face from the very beginning and never lets it go. Continue reading