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Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
It's November 1989, and the Berlin Wall is falling. In Stavanger, Norway, teenage boy Jarle has a great new girlfriend and is starting a rock band with his buddies. But when a new boy, the synth pop-listening Yngve, joins his class, Jarle is more fascinated than he wants to be, and the world as he knows it starts to crumble. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
Mannen som elsket Yngve is a book that I've been very fond of and read many times, so when I saw they were making a movie based on it, I was both excited and absolutely terrified. Adding to the excitement was the fact that Kaada was making the soundtrack. I've been a big fan of his for a long time, so hearing some of his music is always a joy.
We follow Jarle, a regular teenager with a band, friends and a girlfriend who he is very much in love with. But when he meets Yngve, everything changes and he finds himself neglecting everything and everyone around him. Everything but Yngve, that is.
The movie manages to keep the plot going and the actors are absolutely brilliant, but as always when it comes to adaption, something is missing. Unfortunately what is missing is very much key and what made me love the book in the first place. It's like they didn't have enough time in the end and tied everything together as quickly as they could. Despite this, Mannen som elsket yngve is a film that I like. Sadly, unlike when it comes to the book, it's not a film I love.
This movie was so close. But it was another 15 minutes away from being great.
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