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Erik Poppe – DeUsynlige aka Troubled Water (2008)

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AMG: How does one start anew after a checkered personal history threatens to extinguish all hope and the possibility of redemption? Such is the question that lies at the heart of De Usynlige, Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s earnest psychological drama of second chances. Pal Sverre Hagen stars as Jan Thomas, a young man fresh from an eight-year prison sentence. The catalyst for his incarceration may have been an accident and may have been a premeditated murder, but regardless, the event still hangs over Jan like a dark shroud, tempering his memories and his actions. Upon release, Jan – a talented organist – lands a job in the local church as an organ player, and begins to develop feelings for Anna (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), a female priest who also happens to be a single mother. To avoid complications and protect the sanctity of the new relationship, Jan silently vows to withhold information about his troubled past from Anna, but the past catches up with him in the form of Agnes, a schoolteacher who visits the church and recognizes Jan – as the man responsible for her young son’s death. Read More »

Solveig Melkeraaen – Flink Pike AKA Good Girl (2014)

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A feel good film about depressions. About being able to do it all, but losing it in a severe anxiety attack. About controlling angst together with the family, and be able to laugh of it all, even the electro shocks. Read More »

Joachim Trier – Thelma (2017)

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A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.
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Kim Hiortøy – The Rules for Everything (2017)

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Storm (10) tries to figure out how everything is connected – from the serendipitous nature of atoms, to the complexity of human life. But her world spins out of control when her father and his mistress are killed suddenly in a traffic accident. While her mother fills her emptiness with a self-help guru, Storm makes her own set of rules, that allows her to come to terms with her father’s death.

«There are so many extreme things about life and death which are not acknowledged in our daily lives. It’s funny and strange,» says director Kim Hiorthøy about his first feature film. This emotionally challenging story about human fear and shortcomings becomes lighthearted through Hiorthøy´s playful use of visual expression and storytelling. Read More »

Ole Bornedal – I Am Dina (2002)

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In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother’s death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the household servants. Dina grows up wild and unmanageable, with her only friend being the stable boy, Tomas. She summons her mother’s ghost and develops a strange fascination with death as well as a passion for living. Family friend Jacob encourages Dina’s father to hire Lorch, a tutor who introduces her to the cello. Read More »

Erik Løchen – Jakten AKA The Chasers AKA The Hunt (1959)

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This is a film about the eternal triangle – two men – one woman. Bjørn is married to Guri and Knut is their mutual friend. Knut is the younger, dominated by his strong friend. They leave for a hunting-trip in the autumn and the drama develops between them – they shall fight about Guri. Read More »

Bent Hamer – Eggs (1995)

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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… Read More »