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Kamilla (1981)

Løperjenten (original title)
A young girl growing up in Bergen, Norway just after the 2nd world war, is trying to deal with the father's adultery and mother's deep depression, as she befriends a boy. This endangers her.

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Nina Knapskog ...
Kamilla
Kenneth Johansen ...
Svein
Helge Jordal ...
Sverre
Vibeke Løkkeberg ...
Lise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cato Alvær
Charles Alvær
Borge Berggreen
Torunn Berggreen
Johnny Bergh
Philip J. Borgli
Karin Zetlitz Haerem
Klaus Hagerup
Per Jansen
Kjell Pettersen
Sten Sandvik
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A young girl growing up in Bergen, Norway just after the 2nd world war, is trying to deal with the father's adultery and mother's deep depression, as she befriends a boy. This endangers her.

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"Reverently realized..."
5 November 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian author, actress, screenwriter, producer and director Vibeke Løkkeberg's second feature film which she wrote with Norwegian screenwriter and producer Terje Kristiansen, is somewhat inspired by real events and the filmmakers wish to recreate the environment she experienced as a child. It premiered in the International Critics' Week section at the 35th Cannes International Film Festival in 1981, was shot on locations in Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by producer Terje Kristiansen. It tells the story about a daughter named Kamilla who lives in Bergen, Norway with her mother named Lisa and her father named Sverre who are managing a shoemaker business in an apartment, and who one day is introduced to her father's new assistant named Siri whom is taking her father's attention away from her mother, who begins causing changes in their relationship and whose presence becomes so prominent that Kamilla is hardly noticed.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Vibeke Løkkeberg, this quietly paced fictional and somewhat autobiographical tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a memorable and heartfelt portrayal of a daughter who finds herself so unnoticed that she starts spending more of her time with her same-aged friend named Svein whom is in a somewhat similar situation. While notable for its distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Paul René Roestad, production design by production designer Frode Krogh, costume design by costume designer Laila Holm and distinct recreations, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about chaotic and harsh living conditions in a country recovering from occupation and dreaming of America, class distinctions in Norway at that time and how children becomes superfluous, secondary and at times completely forgotten due to their parents' hunt for materialistic possessions and social recognition and necessary escape, which was made the same year as Norway became the first country to establish an Ombudsman for Children, depicts a lingeringly heartrending study of character.

This frequently humorous, atmospheric and informally retrospective drama from the early 1980s which is set in postwar Norway in the late 1940s two years before Norwegian writers Henriette Bie Lorentzen, Kirstin Hansteen and Eva Røhnov founded a magazine called Woman and Time (1945-1955), the same year as Norwegian Writers for Children was founded, the year after the Nuremberg Trials in Germany, a few years after the legal purge in Norway and thirty-two years after women who wanted to get a divorce could get a divorce without being committed to mental hospitals and where children liberates themselves by escaping, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of music, versatile perspectives, filmmaker's conveyance of the child's viewpoint and the noteworthy acting performances by Norwegian actresses Nina Knapskog, Vibeke Løkkeberg, Reine Thorleifsson and Norwegian actors Helge Jordal and Kenneth Johansen. A reverently realized narrative feature.


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