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"Humanely lingering and timelessly relevant..."
27 October 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, author, photographer and documentary filmmaker Karoline Frogner's debut documentary feature which she wrote, is inspired by real events and the filmmaker's meetings with more than twenty-five women who were active in the Norwegian resistance movement. It premiered in Norway, was shot on locations in Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by producer Axel Helgeland. It tells the story about Jørgund Sivertsen, Dagny Loe, Sonja Coucheron, Ruth Nervik, Lille Grah, Inger Guldbrandsen, Sara Uthaug, Sigrid Heide, Edit Notowich and Henriette Bie Lorentzen. When they were in their thirties and working as editors, authors, journalists and distributors of underground newspapers in the early 1940s during World War II, they were deported from their then occupied homeland to concentration camps in Germany due to their heritage and their political activities.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Karoline Frogner, this quietly paced documentary and reconstruction which is narrated by the filmmaker and interchangeably from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflectively informative portrayal of Norwegian citizens whom it would be an understatement to call courageous. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and reverent cinematography by cinematographer Helge Semb, this narrative-driven story about personal experiences, Norwegian internment and concentration camp survivors who endured times of torture and solitary confinement at Grini, Norway which drove some people to insanity and Ravensbrück in Germany, who were amongst the Night and Fog prisoners who were forced to work themselves to death and what this can do to the personalities of human beings, where a crucial eight letter word starting with d is challenged though conserved and where actors and actresses from the postwar generation who are there to recreate the experiences of the interviewees rather than perform contemplates on whether or not there is a limit to what they as actors can imagine regarding the experiences of other people, was made during the time when a Norwegian politician and psychologist named Solveig Aamdal (1947-2011) was leader of the political party the Worker's Communist Party (1973-2007), seventeen years before a Norwegian politician and former prime minister of Norway named Jens Stoltenberg publicly apologized for the treatment of Norwegian citizens of Jewish origin during the Second World War, forty-seven years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Paris, France in 1948, one hundred and forty-four years after the Norwegian government allowed people of Jewish origins to live in Norway and one hundred and fifty-three years after the publishing of a poem written by a renowned brother of a Norwegian 19th century author named Camilla Collett (1813-1893) regarding a French-Jewish man who gained the hero's honour, contains invaluable testimonials from some of the many people who dignified the history of this nation and a timely instrumental score.

This biographical, historically significant and distinguishable work from the mid-1990s which is set mostly in Norway, which was released the same year as Norwegian historian Arnfinn Moland became director of the Norwegian Resistance Museum, three years before French songwriter and composer Pierre Perret's song "Le bëte est revenue" was released, where humanity surpasses inhumanity, resistance surpasses death and where the emphasis is on the voices of revering, humorous and poetic patriots and their stories relating to what this misanthropic crime did to them and what might have become of them if it wasn't for human angels from Sweden and Denmark, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle continuity and heartfelt scene where Sonja Coucheron meets the actress whom is portraying her. A humanely lingering and timelessly relevant documentary feature.


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