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Is-slottet (1987)

In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the 1930s, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meet. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious. She admits to having secret and indecent ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Line Storesund ...
Hilde Nyeggen Martinsen ...
Merete Moen ...
Moster / Aunt
Sigrid Huun ...
Mother / Moren
Vidar Sandem ...
Knut Ørvig ...
En eldre mann / Old Man
Urda Brattrud Larsen ...
Charlotte Lundestad ...
Den nye jenta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Hoel ...
Young Man
Gunnar Svensrud ...


In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the 1930s, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meet. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious. She admits to having secret and indecent fantasies about her friend. Written by jpjensen

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26 December 1987 (Norway)  »

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Ice Palace  »

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Unn: There's something I've never told anyone before.
Siss: Would you have told your mother?
Unn: No.
Siss: Would you like to tell me?
Unn: I don't know if I'll go to Heaven.
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"Cinematographic, somewhat esoteric and eloquent..."
21 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter and director Per Blom's fifth feature film which he wrote, is an adaptation of a novel from 1963 by Norwegian novelist Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970). It premiered in Norway, was screened in the Panorama section at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988, was shot on location in Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by Norwegian screenwriters, producers and directors Lasse Glomm (1944-1996) and Ola Solum (1943-1996). It tells the story about an 11-year-old girl named Unn who lives in a house with her aunt at a place called Stemland in Norway and who one day is visited by her eleven-year-old friend named Siss who lives with her parents. During the time they spend together that evening, they undress in front of each other and Unn tells Siss a secret which she promises not to tell anyone else. A few days after their meeting, Unn walks up in the mountains and finds something that looks like an ice palace.

Subtly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Per Blom, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters' viewpoints, draws a humane and involving portrayal of a close to telepathic relationship between two Norwegian students. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer Halvor Næss, production design by Norwegian production designer and costume designer Ingeborg Kvamme and costume design by costume designer Inger Derlick, this narrative-driven story about friendship and alienation where the ... caused and created by ... which makes a girl retreat into herself and wander off after a moment of genuine trust between her and her friend who has to battle that same ... on her own, depicts two heartrending and internal studies of character and contains a poignant score by Norwegian composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud.

This modestly conversational, prominently atmospheric, reflective and lyrical coming-of-age drama from the late 1980s which is set during a winter in a rustic community in Norway where people speak New Norwegian in the late 20th century and where a motherless and fatherless adolescent girl disappears from her home and her only friend is left in wonder and sadness trying to come to terms with what has happened to the person she found a crucial human connection with, is impelled an reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, contemplating characters, intimate examination of its central themes, telling use of music, psychological and emotional incisiveness, graceful flashback scenes and scenes between Unn and Siss and the memorable and understated acting performances by Norwegian actresses Line Storesund and Hilde Nyeggen Martinsen. A cinematographic, somewhat esoteric and eloquent mystery.

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