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Upperdog (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  28 August 2009 (Norway)
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As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hermann Sabado ...
Axel
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Maria
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Per
Bang Chau ...
Yanne
Magnus Bjørnstad ...
Karsten
Yngvild Støen Grotmol ...
Susanne Holmboe
Ole Paus ...
Fredrik
Birgitte Victoria Svendsen ...
Anne
Kjersti Holmen ...
Else Beate
Vidar Sandem ...
Hans Martin
Tone Danielsen ...
Ruth
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Marit Aschehoug ...
Kokka
Marie Blokhus ...
Trude
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen ...
Jay
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As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. In contrast to her younger brother, Yanne remembers their journey to Norway, but she has no idea where he might be now. All this is about to change, however, as Yanne's Polish friend Maria starts working as a maid for Axel's parents, there discovering a photograph of a young boy. Maria has seen the same picture on the wall of Yanne's flat. She decides to reunite them. But before having time to realize the consequences, she sets in motion a chain of events which throws many people into emotional turmoil. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Nice but weak
2 November 2010 | by (a world person) – See all my reviews

I had great expectations for this film since it was according to my Norwegian friend "The best film of the year in Norway".

I was disappointed. It felt like a school film for me. It had a lot of nice scenes in it, but I felt that the classical chaos theory of everyone involving everyone just didn't work in this film. The film is a Norwegian version of Babel or Short Cuts. However this one is a bit too lame to even compare with those to film landmarks.

I had a big problem of relating to any of the characters. My only sympathies went to the soldier character who had a slight problem with event that occurred in Afganistan? He had a tragic tale and somewhat interesting storyline. But otherwise the whole movie was just classical: I'm looking out the window because I'm sad and life is odd and difficult drama.

The film was nicely directed, filmed and acted, but there is really no story. And it doesn't hold together. The only points come the tale of the soldier and what happened in his storyline. You could actually make a good feature film out of that story.

If you like artsy people being lost in their lives and looking out the window, this is your film.


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