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Misery Harbour (1999)

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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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Cast

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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)  »

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$239,139 (Norway) (22 October 1999)
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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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