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Through a Glass, Darkly (2008)
"I et speil i en gåte" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  17 October 2008 (Norway)
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It is close to Christmas. In a snow covered landscape in the countryside of Norway we meet 12 year old CECILIE , her friend KLARA and Cecilie's family . They are all preparing for Christmas... See full summary »



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It is close to Christmas. In a snow covered landscape in the countryside of Norway we meet 12 year old CECILIE , her friend KLARA and Cecilie's family . They are all preparing for Christmas Eve. Cecilie, however, is seriously ill and spends most of her time in bed, daydreaming about the Spanish boy SEBASTIAN who she met on holiday last summer. One night ARIEL shows up in Cecilie's bedroom, a small strange looking fellow who claims he is an angel and starts talking to Cecilie about the wonders of life. Cecilie finds Ariel quite irritating, but they agree that if Cecilie tells Ariel how it feels to be a human being, Ariel will tell Cecilie about angels and the mysteries of the universe. "Through a Glass, Darkly" is a moving, magic and playful story about a young girl who, at the end of her life, learns to accept death and understands how wonderful life really is. The script is based on the novel "Through a Glass, Darkly" by world famous Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder ("Sophie's World"... Written by Turid Øversveen

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Ariel: We see the world through a mirror. And some times, we can get a peek past it, and look through to the other side. If we could polish the mirror enough, we would see everything. But we would no longer be able to see ourselves.
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16 October 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

.. and I am glad I had the opportunity to spend some of mine with Cecilia's and her family's struggle to cope with Cecilia's disease. I give one star for Jostein Gaarders children's book about recognizing life and concede with death. Another star is given for the impressive adaption of the book into a this lovely movie expressing so many inner thoughts and feelings so transparently. I submit a star for Cecilia played talented by Maria Hagenrud and another star to Cecilia's family in their struggle to carry on. For all the "angeles" but especially to the angel Ariel for his blue eyes and childish curiosity towards life I give another star. I give a star for being a firsthand witness to a beautiful young love between boy and girl and one star for all pictures of fantastic snowy landscapes, romantic scenes from the lovely azure blue waters to close-ups of sweat drops from fewer on Cecilias face. I submit a star for all the tears I shed and another for all the laughter I laughed. This is indeed a fantastic movie about life, love and after life and should be viewed by anyone to whom these things might be of concern. As replacement for the Christmas star that was missing I give this movie my very last star and warmest recommendations.

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