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Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the arctic winter sets in, a complex and intense love/hate relationship develops between Randbek and Larsen, who are more similar than either would like to admit. A powerful psychological and physical drama set against stunningly bleak arctic scenery. Written by
"Majestically atmospheric, existentialistic and psychological..."
Norwegian screenwriter and director Hans Petter Moland's second feature film which he co-wrote with Swedish screenwriter Lars Bill Lundholm and Peter Tutein, is an adaptation of a novel called "Larsen" from 1929 by Danish author Peter Tutein. It premiered in Norway, was shot on location in Norway and Greenland and is a Norway-Sweden co-production which was produced by Norwegian producer Bent Rognlien and Danish actor, producer and director Esben Høilund Carlsen (1941-2011). It tells the story about a poet named Henrik Larsen whom after having proposed to his girlfriend named Gertrud who believes in free love, leaves Christiania, Norway and goes on a fur hunting expedition to Greenland where he is to write a book about the men of the wild and live with a Swedish man named Randbaek and a Norwegian man named Jakob Holm.
Subtly and engagingly directed by Nordic filmmaker Hans Petter Moland, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a dense and involving portrayal of an increasingly conflicting relationship between a scientist, a superstitious and antagonizing former sailor and a lyrical violinist. While notable for it's distinct and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer Philip Øgaard, production design by Polish production designer Janusz Sosnowski, costume design by Norwegian costume designer Bente Winther-Larsen and use of sound, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about a winter expedition which turns into a battle for survival between two contradicting personalities and the man in the middle, depicts two in-depth and merging studies of character and contains a great and timely instrumental score by Norwegian composer Terje Rypdal.
This somewhat romantic, modestly literary and reflective drama from the mid-1990s which is set during a winter in the mid-1920s in Greenland and where a sadistic misogynist instigates a war with a humane philogynist whom he thinks has to become a real man according to his notions of what a real man is, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, scenes between Henrik and Randbaek and Henrik and Gertrud and the memorable and authentic acting performances by Norwegian actors Gard B. Eidsvold and Bjørn Sundqvist and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. A majestically atmospheric, existentialistic and psychological chamber piece which gained, among other awards, the Amanda Award for Best Norwegian Film at the 12th Amanda Awards in 1996.
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