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An Enemy of the People (2005)
"En folkefiende" (original title)

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In a modern version of Ibsen's stage play we meet TV-celebrity Tomas Stockman going back to his native village to produce the world's purest bottle water. The plant will bring new life and ... See full summary »


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In a modern version of Ibsen's stage play we meet TV-celebrity Tomas Stockman going back to his native village to produce the world's purest bottle water. The plant will bring new life and hope to the village, but unexpected trouble occurs. Written by OJT

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Nah. Don't bother. Watch the play instead.
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A great original play. Transformed into boring TV movie format. Ibsen's condensed script just won't translate into 90 minutes of silver screen (or more likely, your TV). Best actors available, fabulous scenery, one of Norway's best of new-breed directors can't rescue an awful idea: converting 1900-style theater into same-length feature film. A movie version of the stage play would have been better. This adaption just doesn't cut it. Main character's madness, the treason of the intellectuals, the resounding ambivalence of last paragraph - nothing is retained. What remains is a boring environmental issue story.

Kudos for trying to update the story, but really: does it have to be updated?

Forgettable. Too bad, since the play is one of the most painful and exciting stories ever to have been created.

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