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Espen Arnakke (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)
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John Wakefield
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Jenny
Bjørn Floberg ...
Johan Hoeg
Knut Husebø ...
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Espen Haavardsholm ...
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Anne Krigsvoll ...
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John Sigurd Kristensen ...
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Jeanne Bøe ...
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Tonja Sitara Sanborn ...
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Sven Henriksen ...
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Sturla Berg-Johansen ...
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Stig Hoffmeyer ...
Wilhelm Arnakke
Else Qualmann ...
Amaila Arnakke
Henrik Sloth ...
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Oslo, 1932. Espen Arnakke, an up and coming Danish born writer who only writes non-fiction, is constantly butting heads with book critic Johan Hoeg, who has not been impressed by anything about Espen since his arrival onto the literary scene in Norway. Upon reflection, Espen realizes that there is some truth to Johan's words, regardless of his arrogant tone, based on Espen perhaps not being true to himself in what he is writing. As such, he decides to give his in-progress memoirs to the one person who he truly does want to impress, Johan's girlfriend Jenny, to read. Those memoirs largely detail him trying to escape from his life: escaping from his small town Danish upbringing where he was expected, as was every other male, to work at the town's ironworks, instead of his want to pursue some sort of schooling; and escaping from the sadistic captain and crew on the Newfoundland bound merchant ship he boarded in escaping from Denmark. He ended up in the fishing town of Misery Harbour, ... Written by Huggo

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Great Film
6 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. If anyone has seen it and liked it, I recommend reading a book by the Danish born Norwegian author Axel Sandemosse, who this movie is based on (whoever "Espen Arnakke" is supposed to be, must be a pseudonym). Aksel Sandemosse wrote the famous "Janteloven," or the law of Jante, in which he criticized the stifling nature of Scandinavian culture. Basically, in Jante, Denmark, as I am told, everyone was a fisherman, and everyone who aspired to be something else, was discouraged from such thoughts (such as creative writers). The movie is great without knowing this history, but it is also interesting to read into it with this background.


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