7.0/10
200
2 user 2 critic

Brev til Kongen (2014)

Letter to the King portrays five people on a day trip from a refugee camp to Oslo, a welcome change in an otherwise monotonous life. But we soon realize that each and every one of them has ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

BEFORE SNOWFALL is a road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her ... See full summary »

Director: Hisham Zaman
Stars: Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Ozen
Vinterland (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A love story about two Kurds in the north of Norway.

Director: Hisham Zaman
Stars: Raouf Saraj, Shler Rahnoma, Kawa Gilli
Bawke (2006)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A father is forced to choose between two evils to provide for his son.

Director: Hisham Zaman
Stars: Sedar Ahmad Saleh, Broa Ako Rasol, Håkon Hatlen
Blind II (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid's real problems lie ... See full summary »

Director: Eskil Vogt
Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
Anklaget (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in ... See full summary »

Director: Jacob Thuesen
Stars: Troels Lyby, Sofie Gråbøl, Paw Henriksen
Casa Grande (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Exploring issues of class privilege among Rio's decadent elite, Casa Grande depicts a teenage boy's struggle to escape his overprotective parents as they covertly spiral into bankruptcy.

Director: Fellipe Barbosa
Stars: Marcello Novaes, Suzana Pires, Thales Cavalcanti
Dancing Arabs (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Palestinian-Israeli boy named Eyad is sent to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity.

Director: Eran Riklis
Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Razi Gabareen, Yaël Abecassis
Amen. (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe
Hedda (2016)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hisham Zaman
Stars: Vegar Hoel, Jørgen Langhelle, Martine Hammerstad
Reseba (2016)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Radical Islamist militants attack a village in Iraq where a young Yazidi love couple prepares for marriage. From that moment onwards their lives are turned into a nightmare.

Director: Hussein Hassan Ali
Stars: Rekish Shahbaz, Dimen Zandi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ali Bag Salimi ...
Mirza
Zheer Durhan ...
Zirek
Nazmi Kirik ...
Miro
Hassan Dimirci ...
Champion
Ivan Anderson ...
Beritan
Derin Kader ...
Lorin
Raouf Saraj ...
Rebin
Amin Senatorzade ...
Akbar
Catherine Elisabeth Howells ...
Hilde
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iselin Doret Brandt Bestvold ...
Ingrid
Edit

Storyline

Letter to the King portrays five people on a day trip from a refugee camp to Oslo, a welcome change in an otherwise monotonous life. But we soon realize that each and every one of them has an agenda for their trip. All five will make decisive choices on this day, as they discover happiness, humiliation, love or fulfill a long-awaited revenge. The five stories are tied together by a letter, written by eighty-three year old Mirza. Mirza wants to hand over the letter to the King personally. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In every country, in every city, there are people who dream of another life.

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Letter to the King  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

NOK 6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Halfway failed frame story attempt to showcase the hearts and minds of a handful of refugees traversing the city of Oslo
6 March 2015 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Saw this one at the Noordelijk film festival 2014 in Leeuwarden (NL). The stories are very loosely tied together by means of a one-day bus ride to Oslo, all passengers coming from a refugee camp where rarely something happens, and the city trip is a welcome change. After arrival we follow five participants on their respective journeys through the city.

The frame story, as well as the title, comes from elderly Mirza who prepared a letter to the king. He is planning to deliver that letter in an attempt to get a passport, so that he can return home to bury family members. We see Mirza on his way to the palace, while a voice-over reads part of the letter from time to time. This serves very well to provide the necessary context of what these people binds together, and indirectly gives an overview of what separates them from the people in Norway.

Mirza's purpose may be clear from the outset, contrary to the others we follow that day. Each of them has a hidden agenda, as we shall see when each of the stories progresses. What they are up to seems benign initially, but later on it escalates to something less benign or even involving violence. Each finds his or her own way through the city, meets old acquaintances and other referred to, eventually making up a colorful portrait of these immigrants.

From the same film maker I had seen Before The Snowfall a few days before. I could not resist some comparison. Both are carried by a frame story that serves to bind a series of short stories running in parallel. The binding element for Before The Snowfall may seem more artificial, merely thrown in to sight-see us along a series of unconnected people and cities (as shamelessly confessed by the director). Nevertheless, in that case it worked very well for me. Alas, it failed for me in Letter To The King, where the parallel story lines are only connected via the initial bus ride and the common origin of the passengers. But the stories scatter around when progressing through the running time of the movie. The respective passengers show neither a common purpose nor any similarity in behavior.

All in all, I can imagine that some people find it a refreshing approach to let these people speak and act, if only to make us aware of their background and history, fundamentally different from ours. The frame story is artificial, and I dearly missed a common binding element in the respective story lines. Maybe I was expecting too much after having seen Before The Snowfall of the same film maker some days earlier, where the frame story worked very well in comparison with Letter To The King. Anyway, the festival visitors disagree with my conclusion. This movie ranked 16th (out of 64) with an above average score of 8.3.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?