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Sofies verden (1999)

Sofie is an ordinary Norwegian girl. One day she recieves a video tape on which a certain Alberto Knox talks directly to her from ancient Greece. They then start to meet at different ... See full summary »

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Silje Storstein ...
Sofie Amundsen / Hilde Møller Knag
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Andrine Sæther ...
Sofie's mother
Bjørn Floberg ...
Major Albert Knag
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Socrates (as Hasse Alfredson)
Nils Vogt ...
Lærer Jacobsen
Minken Fosheim ...
Hildes mor
Edda Trandum Grjotheim ...
Jorunn
Arne Haakonaasen Dahl ...
Georg / Mischa / Giovanni (as Arne Haakenaasen Dahl)
Sullivan Lloyd Nordrum ...
Jørgen
Kjersti Holmen ...
Fru Johnsen
Ingar Helge Gimle ...
Herr Johnsen
Giorgos Floros ...
Meletos (as Giorgios Floros)
Sven Henriksen ...
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Sofie is an ordinary Norwegian girl. One day she recieves a video tape on which a certain Alberto Knox talks directly to her from ancient Greece. They then start to meet at different occasions and throughout the film, Alberto takes Sofie on an odyssey of the history of philosophy, from ancient Greece, over the Roman empire, the Middle ages, the renaissance, the enlightenment, the big revolutions and up to today. Throughout this journey, they start to realise that they are only fictions of a story writer's imagination and start conceiving a plan for escaping into reality. Written by Anders E Lundin

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Who am I? Who are you? Where does the world come from?

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NOK 70,000,000 (estimated)
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Upon it's release in 1999 it was the most expensive film to date in Norway. See more »

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References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Written by Pierre Degeyter (as P. Degeiter) and Eugène Pottier (as E. Pote)
Moscow Choir and Radio Ensemble
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The book's about philosophy - the film is not.
26 January 2002 | by (Linköping, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Jostein Gaarder has written a book that is a good introduction to philosophy for young people (and other beginners). Sofie Amundsen is a fifteen year old girl, who meets the mystic philosopher Alberto Knox. Thereby she gets a profound education in the story of philosophy. But unfortunately, the film is something totally different. I counted the philosophers that were even mentioned - they were only six. Instead Sofie gets to travel in time and space, experience the Renaissance, the Russian revolution etc; and thereby she gets to meet some prominent people, such as Shakespeare and da Vinci - or, more correctly, their stereotypes. I don't see anything interesting in this. My opinion is that this film is superficial and meaningless, although it 's technically well done with skilful actors in the main characters. The problem, I think, is that philosophy is not a visual subject.


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