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United We Stand (2002)
"De beste går først" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  October 2003 (USA)
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Nine oldtimers come upon a young woman stuck in a swamp.

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Nine octogenarian leftists arrive at the trail head for their annual trek through the woods, rucksacks on their backs. They sing songs of solidarity as they walk, single file, through the forest. Well into the wild, they hear shouts. They investigate and find a young woman mired in a bog. They find a solid patch of ground leading toward her and let up a rescue line: they pull her from the mud, and with hardly a word of thanks, she resumes her hike. The men take in her youth and the beauty of nature. They pause. They sing. As the sun sinks slowly on the horizon, it is not alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Well, at least it is different.
22 July 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of six films included in the collection "The World According to Shorts". For the most part, this is not a particularly good set of shorts, as I have seen many others with more memorable content than this rather disappointing DVD.

The film begins with nine old men meeting for an outing in the wilderness of Norway. You most likely assume they are Communists or ex-members of a Marxist union, as they sing songs like "The Internationale" as they march. Soon after beginning their trek, they come upon a young lady who is stuck in swampy water, so the men form a human chain to come to her rescue. The thanks them and leaves...and then the twist.

Overall, a very strange film that looked pretty good but just didn't seem particularly deep or satisfying....unless you really, really hate Communists and like seeing them die. Perhaps this is meant as some sort of metaphor for the death of Soviet Communism or perhaps there is so deeper meaning.


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