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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 ...
Janus
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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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My God. A good Canadian movie...
6 February 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Well, we had some help from the Scandanavians. Normally I avoid Canadian movies automatically. 90% of them are ghastly and pretentious. I made an exception here because we had visited Newfoundland last fall. I had been under the impression that it was a spoof of Random Passage. Not at all. It's a rollicking good adventure based on a true story. There is action, romance, rape and humour. Good stuff indeed!


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