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Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »

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Kristoffer Haukeland
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Geir
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Stig Inge Otnes
Pia Tjelta ...
Henriette
Janne Formoe ...
Elisabeth
Henrik Giæver ...
Martin
Kim Haugen ...
Karsten
Håvard Bakke ...
Dag
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Anders
Anna Bache-Wiig ...
Line
Christian Skolmen ...
Nikolai
Edward Schultheiss ...
Frode
Dagrun Anholt ...
Irene
Hilde Olausson ...
Anne
Cathrin Gram ...
Ingunn (as Cathrine Gram)
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Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the popular talk show "Karsten Tonight" in TV2. A few weeks later Kristoffer's life has become TV entertainment. People love the sequences from his commune at Tøyen: Kristoffer's half-twisted view of his surroundings, his crazy best friend Geir, not to mention the weird web designer Stig Inge, who hasn't set foot outside the Tøyen shopping center for two years. Kristoffer's future again looks bright, everyone likes him, but revealing your life on national television comes with a price tag. As Kristoffer's future in the TV business looks brighter and brighter, his friends start suffering. Geir's big secret is revealed, and Stig Inge's personal problems are much more serious than Kristoffer first thought. It will cost him a ... Written by Anonymous

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A number of Norwegian celebrities appear as themselves. Among them: when the two lead characters Kristoffer and Geir first visit TV2 the woman in the elevator is Elin Tvedt. Shortly after the character Henriette invites them to a party where famous Norwegian parliament member (and former minister) Karita Bekkemellem Orheim makes a brief appearance. Later there is a premiere party for the featured talkshow where you can glimpse famous Norwegian fashion guru Kiki Sørum, Norwegien Big Brother-winner Lars 'Joakim Ringom', soap opera star Kim Kolstad and TV2 personalities Connie Barr and Ståle Talsnes. At the scene in the stand-up café comedian Janne Rønningen appears as herself, and in one of the final scenes on the live talk-show the female guest is Synnøve Svabø, one of the most popular TV personalities in Norway. See more »

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Geir: Kristoffer, sometimes you have to let go of the goalie and attack with both hands.
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great in its simplicity
19 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

An absolutely awesome movie, Buddy takes the audience into the lives of three guys in a flat who end up on television with convoluted consequences. Their lives will never be the same, and only the discovery of true loyalty and redemptive friendship can make the situation and experiences into something positive. The transformation is quite moving and the characters seem very real, everyday people. Equally interesting, the film crosses documentary with cinema story to interface and comment on "reality TV." Kudos.

In spite of the seeming capitulation to Hollywood-style romance and happy endings - very uncharacteristic of Norwegian films - this is an outstanding story about status, using people, allegiance to success and stardom vs. allegiance to caring for human beings, especially friends. "Buddy" goes through somewhat annoying yo-yo relationships that need more definition and less reliance on fickle happenstance. The choices are not black and white, and the characters struggle in them. The topical relevance (to 'reality' TV) is especially poignant. In spite of the over-emphasis on finding romance and happiness in loyalty and responsibility, I give it 9/10. One of the most provocative, "real" yet uplifting European films of the year. Worth watching multiple times.


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