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A young writer named Espen Arnakke tells the story of his escape from the small Danish town of Jante. Espen boards a ship headed to Newfoundland, but the harsh conditions on board makes him... See full summary »

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Espen Arnakke
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John Wakefield
Anneke von der Lippe ...
Jenny
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Burly
Bjørn Floberg ...
Johan Hoeg
Hywel Bennett ...
The Captain
Margot Finley ...
Eva
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Anthony Ayre ...
Older Man
Sturla Berg-Johansen ...
Waiter
Marina Bouras ...
Rose
Jeanne Bøe ...
Cafe Guest (as Jeanne Bøe Larsen)
Philip Dinn
Niels Martin Eriksen ...
Elvind
Espen Haavardsholm ...
Cafe Guest
Mats Helin ...
The Cook
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A young writer named Espen Arnakke tells the story of his escape from the small Danish town of Jante. Espen boards a ship headed to Newfoundland, but the harsh conditions on board makes him jump ship, and he ends up in the little town of Misery Harbour. There he meets the girl of his dreams. But his passion shifts to jealousy when one of the men from the ship mysteriously appears in town, and sets out to make Espen's life a misery. Written by Signy

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3 September 1999 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Flugten fra Jante  »

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$239,139 (Norway) (22 October 1999)
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I threw the dices of my life at Dead Mans point

This is a great movie, and ranks with Ofelas as Gaups finest hour. The adaptation of Axel Sandemose`s book En flyktning krysser sitt spor and En flyktning går i land, is very good. The grim houses and people of the village Jante in Denmark, where you have to bend you back and work in the local factory, is well depicted, and it is easy to see why Espen Arnakke, brilliantly played by Coster-Waldau, leaves in the shadow of the night to find himself and to be the man he feels inside that he is. (The words of the Jante law, saying that you shall not think you are better than us, you shall not strive to become something and so on are probably Sandemose`s most remembered today)

It doesnt go as he planned however, jumping off ship at Misery harbour, he is tormented by his ship mate John Wakefield, also very well played by Stuart Graham, and finally he ends up killing him deep inside the canadian forests, where they both get work as lumber jackers.

Arnakke has returned to Scandinavia, now in oslo, where he releases a book about his life. Anyone who with reckless abandon retells his life will get up to date, and that is the only real bulwark in this life. This is what he has learned.

What a great movie. Read the book first if possible.


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