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The Telegraphist (1993)
"Telegrafisten" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  4 February 1993 (Norway)
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Mack is the most important man in a little society in North Western Norway around 1900. Telegrapher Rolandsen is a smart, funny and charming the ladies, even Mack's daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bjørn Floberg ...
Ove Rolandsen
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Elise Mack
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Mack
Ole Ernst ...
Kaptein Henriksen
Kjersti Holmen ...
Jomfru Van Loos
Bjørn Sundquist ...
Levion
Elisabeth Sand ...
Pastor's Wife
Svein Sturla Hungnes ...
Pastor
Camilla Strøm Henriksen ...
Olga (as Camilla Strøm-Henriksen)
Johan H:son Kjellgren ...
Fredrik
Knut Haugmark ...
Enok
Reidar Sørensen ...
Ulrik
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Pernille
Per Jansen ...
Telegraph Inspector
Gørild Mauseth ...
Ragna
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Mack is the most important man in a little society in North Western Norway around 1900. Telegrapher Rolandsen is a smart, funny and charming the ladies, even Mack's daughter.

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A classic feel-good movie with a bit of style
1 July 2002 | by (Oslo) – See all my reviews

This is a rare happening in norwegian cinema. Here we have a beautifully crafted film with excellent acting that's miles ahead of the normal fare of norwegian movies from the eighties.

The movie is loosely adapted on one of Knut Hamsuns lighter novels, "Sværmere" ("Dreamers"), and it tells the story of telegraphist and hobby-inventor Ove Rolandsen during some flirtatious summer months. He is just about to do the invention of his life, but is constantly distracted by his female admirers and his need for money. Although this sounds like some easy going comedy, the pacing and directing makes the film more focused on characters and mood. In a way, it can be compared to the happier works of Ingmar Bergman.

The acting is kept stylized, to maintain the offbeat tone of Hamsuns archetypal characters. But while this device can be distancing, it has the opposite effect in this film; creating characters that are oddly lovable. Some of the most famous norwegian theatre actors give their best screen roles in this film, and I dare say they have never reached this level since.

The cinematography and music also deserves a mention. Everything unites and elevates this film into a very complete and elegant movie experience.

Highly recommended!


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