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Stefan Pagels Andersen,
A 10-year-old Norwegian girl falls in love for the first time. Her friends confront their own feelings as they witness her no-holds-barred battle with a rival student for the affections of a boy who moves into town.
Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd,
Aurora Bach Rodal
Madicken is a Swedish girl from the upper level family, growing up during the time of first world war which did not include Sweden. She lives happily with her family, experiencing the world and making brave and crazy things.
Eleven-year-old Maria loses her little brother to cancer. Her mother retreats into deep depression; her father attempts to keep the family emotionally afloat. Sent to her grandparents' home for the summer, Maria meets Jacob, also an eleven-year-old, but with a completely different attitude to life and loss - he is an outgoing, adventurous latch-key kid with wisdom way beyond his tender years. Their budding friendship helps Maria reach out to her mother so that they can mourn and heal together. Written by
L.H. Wong <email@example.com>
Sad and beautiful coming-of-age tale of loss and first love
The Scandinavian countries still hold first place when it comes to youth and children's films. This 1998 Norwegian film by Torun Lian, however, even sets the standard a little higher. The quietly and subtly directed story of Oslo-born Maria, who has lost her little brother to cancer and sees her family disintegrating before her very eyes, will one day be regarded as one of the best coming-of-age films ever made.
It is sad, yes, even hard to watch at times how Maria is lost in her young life. But when she meets a boy her own age - mostly left to himself by his working mother - and they share days and evenings talking and generally goofing around in the provincial town of Bergen, she gradually opens up. When the first smile in a long time appears on Maria's face, it is impossible to ignore the lump in your throat - you know you've slowly but surely been drawn into this serious but wonderful little film. If you have the chance to catch this gem with subtitles and in its original 'Scope-format, don't pass up on it.
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