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Comrade Pedersen (2006)
"Gymnaslærer Pedersen" (original title)

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A drama focused on Norwegian society in the 1970s, an era dominated by Marxism and Leninism.

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Gymnaslærer Knut Pedersen
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Nina Skåtøy
Anne Ryg ...
Lise Tanner
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Werner Ludal
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Jan Klåstad
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Gunnar Bøe
Silje Torp ...
Anne Britt Bru (as Silje Torp Færavaag)
Jon Øigarden ...
Harald Tholfsen
Elin Sogn ...
Unni Langmoen
Henriette Steenstrup ...
Fru Bøe
Robert Skjærstad ...
Unni Langmoens man
Linn Skåber ...
Rektor
Eli Anne Linnestad ...
Gerd Tangen
Ståle Rue ...
Tor
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A drama focused on Norwegian society in the 1970s, an era dominated by Marxism and Leninism.

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The Rebellion Has Started!

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24 February 2006 (Norway)  »

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In the movie, Pedersen's wife leaves for the northern town of Mo i Rana, while in the novel, she goes to the town of Harstad. The director has explained that this change was made because she was a librarian, and that Norway's National Library has a branch in Mo i Rana. However, while the story is set in the 1970s, the National Library in Mo i Rana was not established until 1989. See more »

Quotes

Friend of Pedersen (not party member): Armed revolution
[in Norway]
Friend of Pedersen (not party member): ? Are you serious?
Gymnaslærer Pedersen: Yeah....It's going to be great fun!
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Oh! Pretty Woman
Written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by The Margarets
Breakwater Records
Producer Rune Berg
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Great, but melancholy and thought-provoking.
13 April 2006 | by (Oslo,Norway) – See all my reviews

"Gymnaslærer Pedersen" is based on the novel " Gymnaslærer Pedersens beretning om den store politiske vekkelsen som har gjemsøkt vårt land" by Dag Solstad, one of the greatest Norwegian authors in modern time. The title means (in somewhat directly translated English): " Gymnaslærer(Gymnaslærer: teacher working in upper secondary school)Pedersens (name) report on the great political awakening that has haunted our country" The political awakening we're talking about, is the Marxist-Leninist movement, also called AKP (Arbeidernes kommunistparti:The labour communist party) The action takes place in the 1970's, and is a description of how the communist-movement rose and fell. The communist-movement used a romanticized description of both Soviet and China (during Mao), as an example of how they wanted the world to be. In an increasingly capitalist country, the communists dreamed of armed revolution. Pedersen tells his story of how these thoughts affected him, and how he experienced AKP and the Marxist-Leninism.

I think this is a great movie, not only because it has a simple but touching story, but also because it has elegant ways of emphasizing points and references. It also have some great filming.

The whole story is really good, but melancholy and thought-provoking, which are qualities I like in a movie. I think this movie really makes you think through your political beliefs (if you have some), and it makes you realize how important it is to view issues from more than just one angle. I don't think it is a political movie, because it doesn't tell you what to believe. It merely gives you an impression of how this political awakening affected some lives, and what became of it. Enjoy:)


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