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Luigi Lo Cascio
Trapper Lars is living on Spitsbergen, an island far north of Norway. His life consists mainly of hunting and fishing for survival. Being in peace with his environment, the sudden arrival of Ellen, a student, is quite a disturbing event. Lars, who permitted her to visit and live with him during the dark and cold winter in the first place, soon is challenged by her attraction and also by her strict will only to gain experience. The relation between the two unalike persons - who don't even have a language in common - is stressed from the beginning, and when Ragnar, another trapper, comes over, the situation is about to change. Written by
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When Ellen went to Spitsbergen, she went for adventure. She also expected Lars, her host, to be a rough husky adventurer, but was deceived as Lars turned out to be a silent clumsy tinkerer.
At the beginning this movie didn't seem very special to me. But along the way the psychology of Lars and Ellen was getting more and more interesting.
Then when the end came the movie took my breath away. Probably because this movie happened for real as well as how realistic it was filmed I could completely imagine myself in Lars' place (contrary to 'Hollywood hits' which are often too cinematic for such empathy).
Finally, the movie also shows how it's like to live in Spitsbergen: rough, but not adventurous.
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