Norwegian screenwriter, producer and theater and film director Arild Brinchmann's mini-series made for television which he directed and wrote with Norwegian screenwriter and playwright Åse Vikene, is an adaptation of a novel regarding the conditions of women in Norwegian society after World War II from 1947 by Norwegian 20th century author Torborg Nedraas (1906-1987). It premiered in Norway, was shot on locations in Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by producer Jardar Øyen. It tells the story about a daughter and sister in her late thirties who one night whilst at a railway station is noticed by a man who approaches her. Without any introduction he instigates a conversation with her which results in her agreeing to accompany him to his nearby apartment. She is then invited into his living room, settles down with him there, informally asks him which part of her wholeness he would prefer and continues by open-mindedly telling him about the crucial time when she lived at a place called Gruben in Norway.
Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmakers Arild Brinchmann (1922-1986) and Åse Vikene, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the narrator and mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a reflectively novelistic and increasingly dramatic portrayal of a person from a working-class family whom whilst working at a mine company in the years after the Second World War acquainted a teacher named Johannes and an organist named Morck. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Arne Borsheim, production design by production designers Erik Hagen and Ingeborg Kvamme and costume design by costume designers Tulla Engå and Lisbeth Nygaard Molde, this narrative-driven and dialog-driven story about the history of Norway which is set during a period in time when there was a more apparent class divide, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had the majority of the people's votes, the majority of the population in Norway were members of the Norwegian Church, abortion was banned, the Evangelical-Lutheran faith was state religion, the revolving stage was initiated at the National theatre, the age of majority was twenty-one, a former correctional facility for boys called Toftes Gave became a home for mentally ill children aged 6 to 16, the words: "It is founded on the democratic principles which origins comes from the constitution." was articulated by the then prime minister of Norway during the government declaration in 1945 and made seven years after Icelandic politician Vigdis Finnbogadóttir became the first female president in Iceland and Europe, nine years after the law on self-determined abortion and the Gender Equality Act was adopted in Norway, fifteen years after it became lawful for people to live together without being married, sixteen years after the release of an English filmmaker's third feature film regarding a 19-year-old named Janice, more than a century after women were allowed entrance at universities and Ida Cecilie Thoresen Krog became the first female student in Norway, the same year as a Norwegian painter who was born in Sweden released a painting called "Sleeping Twins" (1987), two years before the Peaceful revolution in Germany, three years before Irish politician Mary Robinson became the first female president in Ireland, eleven years before a sculpture of a Norwegian mother, wife and politician who held a significant lecture in 1915 was raised in Fredrikstad, Norway and twenty-five-years before a Norwegian musician released a song she had written called "Ode to What Was Lost" (2012) where she sang the words: "It's down on the bottom over dark ocean up in the north where I was born " depicts a poignantly internal study of character and contains a timely score by composer Ketil Hvoslet.
This densely and prominently conversational, somewhat humorous, historic and venerable five hour and twenty minutes drama from the late 1980s which is set in postwar Norway in the late 1940s a few years after Marie-Louise Giraud (1903-1943) became the last person guillotined in Vichy France, fourteen years before the Television theatre was opened and Arild Brinchmann became its first director, twenty-one years before birth control was made available in Norway and where the innermost thoughts regarding a person's experiences is passed on to an outsider, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, scenes between She and Morck, telling comment by a hotel manager when she realizes that the protagonist supports the strikers: "Everyone knows what riff-raff it is that will force their will by striking. Workshy drunks." the versatile and reverent acting performance by Norwegian theatre and film actress Anne Krigsvoll and the noteworthy acting performances by Norwegian actor Jahn Hårstad and Norwegian actress Merete Moen. A romantically and grandiloquently atmospheric character piece.
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