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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunniva Lindekleiv ...
Lise Fjeldstad ...
Ida's mother
Arne Lindtner Næss ...
Idas nye pappa
Howard Halvorsen ...
Bjørn, Ida's older brother
Minken Fosheim ...
Ellen Westerfjell ...
Rønnaug Alten ...
Mrs. Revaasen
Gunnar Olram ...
Mr. Revaasen
Anne-Lise Tangstad ...
Odd Remen ...
Erik Hivju ...
Tysk soldat
Randi Koch ...
Reijas mor
Jan Erik Aune ...
Tysk offiser
Anne Toft Olsen ...
Bernt Erik Lindekleiv ...
Rysk fånge


Little Ida's mother is working for the Germans during WW2, and she is also having a relationship with a German SS-officer. Ida is experiencing the problems of having a mother who is involved with the enemy, without being old enough to understand what is actually going on. Written by Signy

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November 1982 (USA)  »

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"Proficiently ascetic and understatedly humane..."
27 October 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian producer and director Laila Mikkelsen's second feature film which she wrote with screenwriters Marit Paulsen and Hans Welin, is an adaptation of a novel from 1979 by Swedish author and politician Marit Paulsen regarding real events which took place in Norway in the mid-20th century. It premiered in Norway, was shot on locations in Norway and is a Norway-Sweden co-production which was produced by producer Harald Ohrvik. It tells the story about a sister named Ida who arrives at a new place in Norway with her mother and her brother named Bjørn. Whilst awaiting the arrival of her new father and starting her formal education with the same-aged children who lives there, Ida begins noticing prisoners at a concentration camp nearby their new house whom are being guarded by the soldiers her mother is working for, and acquaints a girl named Reija who unlike the other children there has the ability to sees Ida as Ida and not only as the child of a Norwegian mother and German father.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Norwegian filmmaker Laila Mikkelsen, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a realistic and pensive portrayal of how a child suffers due to her mothers' actions, how children adapt the prejudice of their parents and how this kind of treatment, which was going on simultaneously as the Jewish population in Norway was being persecuted, pushes a child into an internal solitude so unendurable for children who innately seeks amity that their significant kinship with people is replaced by something else. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by cinematographers Hans Welin and Kjell Vassdal, this narrative-driven story about a country living under occupation, citizens regarding other citizens who were in relations with German occupants as potential traitors, war-children, throwing suspicion and the dignity of children who might have been more inspirited and smiled a little bit more than the girl in this film if they were given more recognition for what they have endured which would also entail recognizing the injustice caused and the guilt displaced, which was made thirteen years before a song by an Irish musician named Dolores O'Riordan regarding a mother and her child was released, the same year as French politician François Mitterand (1916-1996) became the 21st president of the Fifth French Republic and the year after a narrative feature by American filmmaker David Lynch about a man from London, England was released, depicts a reflective study of character and contains a timely score by composer Eyvind Solås.

This at times humorous due to the dialog spoken in a quite characteristic dialect and historic drama from the early 1980s which is set in Northern Norway in the early 1940s during the end of the occupation, a few years before Norwegian-Swedish singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad left her country of origin, eleven years after a German song called "Peat Bog Soldiers" was sung by German prisoners, twelve years before the Jesuit paragraph was abolished in Norway and where a daughter who has the power to keep her integrity intact, plays with her non-human friend named Mia whom she thinks has a vivid imagination and underlines the absurdity of the ignorance she is met with by stating the fact that she is not the name they are calling her mother, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity and the good acting performances by Norwegian actresses Sunniva Lindekleiv, Ellen Westerfjell, Lise Fjeldstad, Minken Fosheim and Rønnaug Altan (1910-2001). A proficiently ascetic and understatedly humane narrative feature.

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