As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. ... See full summary »
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Two brothers in their 40s are found dead in the forest. By their side lies a woman, very weak, but still alive. "All that matters is past" is the story of how Janne meets William after many... See full summary »
Inga Berger Schou,
Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »
Trond Espen Seim,
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Three years have passed since Elling moved to town together with Kjell Bjarne, his roommate from the institution at Brøynes. Elling now lives on his own in the apartment. Kjell Bjarne has ... See full summary »
Per Christian Ellefsen,
Marian Saastad Ottesen
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »
In this prequel to Elling (2001), Elling, a slightly autistic, but opinionated young man, lives with his aging mother who is worried what he'll do without her. She decides to take him on a trip to Spain to see new things.
Per Christian Ellefsen,
Three friends since childhood are trying to work out their complicated relationships. Jonny tries to be best friends with Magnus, Magnus tries to be married to Tuva, and Tuva tries to have sex with Jonny.
Following her son's death, Victoria moves to a small community to work as a doctor at the local clinic. She attempts to forget and move on with her life but find it impossible when a local boy is found dead in the snow and Victoria must tell the boy's parents. Police quickly explains it as an accident but Victoria finds that there is something strange about the whole affair. Written by
A great thought-provoking insight to the meaning of grief and sense of loss.
There is no way of denying that "Vinterkyss" is one of the best foreign-language films I've ever seen. After its one-and-half hours, I sat astonished because I didn't expect such a strong film can be made from such a delicate and subtle theme. The movie deals with personal loss, grief and reactions to loss in different points of view. But it neither appreciates nor discards any one of them. It leaves it open for viewers' opinions, at the same time it leaves a social message too.
A busy Swedish doctor, Victoria, goes to Norwegian countryside after her son's unexpected death, feeling partly responsible for it. There one day she finds the dead body of Darjosh, a young Muslim refugee and now the film contrasts the sense of loss and expressions of grief of Victoria, Darjosh's parents and Darjosh himself. All of their unexpected deeds and unjustified reactions in similar mental state are beautifully depicted in the film. The film becomes successful to hold a perpetual melancholy note without being too much sentimental, perhaps the artistic use of white snow as a throughout background and the beautiful theme song help that.
The film compels us to question some the actions taken by the people who suffer from guilt or loss. The character Kai here analyzes the difference between guilt and responsibility, in that way providing a reason to accept positive things in life even after a trauma. "Vinterkyss" is not only about description of grief and loss, it's about hope too... though none of the three points of view i.e. Victoria's, Darjosh's and his parents', could have it. And for that matter it should always be said that Sara Johnsen has perhaps created a truly great film.
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