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Anna lives with her father Karl someplace in the outskirts of northern Norway. Karl killed his ex-wife and threw her newborn colored child into the sea when he discovered that she obviously had been unfaithful. Now Karl is being haunted by her ghost and is developing a serious drinking problem. Anna is looking for the love of her life, but there aren't many bachelors around - until they discovers another small family on the other side of the mountain. They meet a semi-alcoholized widow on Karl's age, her son Peder, and her black adopted son, Ante, that arrived from the sea on a piece of wood. Written by haddal

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A dark crazy-comedy about the life at the Norwegian countryside.
21 February 2008 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

It's funny because it's true... or is it? I've grown up near the countryside of western Norway and know people here quite well. I've never been up north though, but If the countryside in the northern part of Norway has any likeness to the places I have been this movie is not just fiction, It's partly documentary. This movie capture in a very absurd, original and hilarious way how weird a small community may become If it's left alone, hidden from the eyes of the world.

Even thou the movie has been blamed for racism because of the title there is really no racism in this movie other than between the different characters in the story. The title "Svidd Neger" (Englis: Burned Negro) is a mystery to me cause it's clearly narrowing down the movie's appeal. This is not a movie containing any racist propaganda, but rather parodying the narrow-minded expectation some people have of how a black man should be, and the impression many Norwegians have of the Sami-people. Remember, the cast and crew who made this film is multicultural themselves.

The story circles around tree main stories, which all are revealed to us piece by piece. The first character we really get to know is Ante, a young boy who struggle with his identity. He was raised to believe he's of the Norwegian native people (the Sami) thou, he can't overlook his dark skin and curly black hair. He lives with his adoptive mother and his older, and extremely sexually frustrated brother Peder. At the other side of a swampy hill lives the young woman Anna with her alcoholic father. Watching it all is Normann. A young man of a Sami-family who has decided to leave the traditional life of his people, and try to become as Norwegian as possible.

They all live their simple lives not knowing about the families living at the other side of the muddy hill. By a mere coincidence the two families get aware of each others existence, wish consequences get beyond everybody's imagination. And when the young Sami man Normann appears the things quickly gets out of control...

First off all. This movie is mad, stark raving mad. The movie is clearly inspired by a wave of Finnish movies from the 60'ies-70'ies which basically where dramas about small communities, wasted youth, drinking and murder. These were sent at prime-time Norwegian television, probably causing severe trauma at kids of that generation forcing them to make movies like this as a sort of therapy. And thank god for that! The movie also parodies the myths circulating in Norway about the people living far north in our country. Where the extreme stereotype is swearing, a heavy drinker and prefer resolve things with violence.

The movie also got a great soundtrack by the Norwegian band "Ulver" which underline the mood of the film, making it darker, funnier and even more psychedelic.

Showing such a totally indifference with such simple things as time, realism and common sense this is by my opinion one of the best dark comedies I've seen. Why? Because it manage to capture human nature, but at the same time removing all the basic rules of how a movie should be and all "unesseseary realism". Add a dose of violence, nudity, horror, and heavy drinking and you're getting close but not quite. I can guarantee that someone will with no doubt find this movie to be the worst, most pointless and disgusting movie they've seen. But at least it got a reaction beyond plane boredom. And one thing can I guarantee. Eighter you love it or you hate it. There is no in-between.


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