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When the Light Comes (1998)

A young woman spends an adventurous winter with a trapper on Spitsbergen.

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Credited cast:
Francesca Vanthielen ...
Ellen
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Lars
Rick Engelkes ...
Robbert
Reidar Sørensen ...
Ragnar
Rodney Beddal ...
Jaromir
Marit Bolling ...
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Morten Røhrt ...
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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 Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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The only way through the darkness is together


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A young girl spends a winter with a trapper
30 August 1999 | by (Mariahout, Holland) – See all my reviews

A young girl spends a winter with a trapper in a cold and dark Spitzbergen, in the far north 900 km of the North Pole not many films are shot. In this uninhabited desert temperatures drop easily to -50 degrees celcius in winter. The film begins that a young girl leaves for Spitzbergen, to spend a winter with a trapper.

This isn't really a 'vacation', especially when spending a whole winter here, you must know how to survive here. The girl in the movie leaves without knowing anything about how these trappers overwinter here. ( normally 6-8 trappers overwinter each year ). Authorities in Longyearbyen are very touchy about people who come here on their own ( you will have to carry a weapon, high insurances, etc.. ).

What the film is really about is the relation between the girl from Amsterdam and the Norwegian trapper. The great differences between the young girl and the older and shy trapper leads to many troubles. Over the whole the movie is quite average, but the great filming locations and the effort of director Coninx to make a romantic movie here ( apart from another film about polar bears ) makes this film very special.


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