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Hunger (1966)

Sult (original title)
In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Per Oscarsson ...
Pontus
Gunnel Lindblom ...
Ylajali
Birgitte Federspiel ...
Her sister
Knud Rex ...
Landlord
Hans W. Petersen ...
Grocer
Henki Kolstad ...
Editor
Roy Bjørnstad ...
Konstantin
Sverre Hansen ...
Painter
Pål Skjønberg ...
Constable
Else Heiberg ...
Landlady
Lise Fjeldstad ...
Little girl
Carl Ottosen ...
Sailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bjarne Andersen
Wilfred Breistrand
Osvald Helmuth ...
Pawnbroker
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In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of reality is withering. One moment his is delighted and the next he curses everybody. All the time he manages to maintain human dignity and pride. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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An adaptation from Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's 'Sult'. See more »

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desperate tension like Dostojevskij
1 November 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This film describes like no other movie a feeling of desperation, hunger and life's meaninglessness. You get in a horrible mood watching it, but you can't take your eyes off the screen. It reminded me a lot of "Raskolnikov" ("Crime and Punishment") by Dostojevskij and a bit of Tom Kristensen's "Hærværk" ("Vandalism"). I did not think movies could be like this - irrational, desperate and oppressive. Per Oscarsson's role as the writer Pondus is moving and exceptionally good. He seems to be a good person, but his moral is tested to the limits, when he by mistake gets too much money back in a grocery. He describes with precise accuracy the dilemma between moral and one's own needs - hunger and love. Watch it, sense it!


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