Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn't scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. ... See full summary »
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn't scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. Thirty years ago Eivind left his homestead and his teenage sweetheart behind, and he has not been back since. He was meant to go back when everything was honky-dory- only that never happened. Then young Kris appears. He wants to travel the world but didn't get any longer than to the lifeboat of Jernanger. The to men finds one another and together they hatch a great plan . Written by
Jernanger tells the story of cantankerous old sailor and the young man he befriends. Taking place almost exclusively on a rickety old boat in a Norwegian town, the film is simple, beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and moving.
The movie flirts with cheesiness, the angry old man develops a fatal disease where his heart grows ... and then he learns how to love again! Get it?!?! But the stark northern European minimalism, dreary mood, and great script cancels out the risks of too much sentimentalism. Also, there are a couple of moments when action is inserted into the film in an unnecessary, Hollywoodesque fashion, but even so, these characters are well-developed and authentic.
Essentially, it's a classic tale told beautifully, and its worth your time and money.
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