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Have you ever talked to persons you really have trouble communicating
I belong ("Som du ser meg", which really translates into "As you see me") is a funny film about a serious topic - the complexity of communication and understanding, with real female drive. The film is originally written and told, and extremely well directed by Dag Johan Haugerud. His first feature, formerly directing documentaries.
We meet some women living very different lives, and in different parts of the same apartment building in outer Oslo. A story of women which ends up hurting each other without willing to do so, told in an interesting way, by the writer Eva Cecilie, reading her audio-book "When you least expect it" on to tape in a sound studio. A brilliantly cast of female actors are making this a very interesting film, which recently won several prizes in the national critics Kanon-prize at Trondheim international Film Festival.
Lise is a nurse, which enjoys work, but are not to eager to get out of her safe working situation, but feels forced to say yes to be teaching new employees. And when she gets nervous, like when she has to correct the nurse she's training, she switches from speaking Norwegian into English. This gets her into trouble, and ruins her comfort.
Grete is translator, and an older woman, and was raped when she was 16, which forced her to change her school and name. She's come along way, but is not prepared when her self-consciousness is torn down when she meets her new publisher.
Ann-Kristin is pregnant, and visiting an aunt together with her poor and mildly difficult mother, which keeps borrowing money from her due to economically problems, and having typically mother - daughter communications. At the meeting she is offered a million of a large inheritance, complicating the conversation immensely.
Interesting premises, and it's funny how one can recognize the way the tragic understanding of communication leads to funny, insulting and hurtful situations. The film is in a way complex, with typical female communication of small and large subjects, which the brilliant cast makes a gem out of.
I enjoyed the predicaments, and the storytelling which in a funny way doesn't turn out nothing less than tragic. Very talented filmmaking and acting, with a very suitable music score. I'd like it to be longer than it was.
Norwegian author, screenwriter and director Dag Johan Haugerud's
feature film debut which he wrote, premiered in Norway, was screened at
the 36th Gothenburg International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on
locations in Oslo, Norway and is a Norwegian production which was
produced by Norwegian producer Yngve Sæther. It tells the story about a
writer named Eva Cecilie who is doing an audio-book recording of a book
she has written about a nurse named Lise Gundersen who agrees to tutor
a student named Siri, a translator named Grete Maigret who is about to
meet a new editor named Anne and an international aid development
worker named Ann-Kristin who is on her way with her mother Inger to
meet her aunt named Astrid and her cousin named Vibeke.
Finely and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Dag Johan Haugerud, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by Norwegian actress Andrine Sæther and from multiple viewpoints, draws an incisive portrayal of a married woman who get's into a conflict with an apprentice, a single woman who has strong and somewhat personal opinions about the novels she reads and translates and a pregnant woman who is looking out for her mother. While notable for it's naturalistic and mostly interior milieu depictions, fine production design by production designer Tuva Hølmebakk and cinematography by cinematographer Kim Hiorthøy, this dialog-driven and literary story depicts some empathic studies of character and contains a great instrumental score.
This quick-witted, conversational and very humorous drama about how people perceive one another and how this effects their communication, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development, interrelated stories, interesting conversations, incorporation of literature in cinema and the commendable acting performances by Norwegian actresses Laila Goody, Ragnhild Hilt, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Henriette Steenstrup, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Ane Dahl Torp and Kari Onstad Winge. A tangible, somewhat understated and remarkably good character-piece where the three main characters in the narrator's book "When you least expect it" may or may not represent significant parts of the storyteller's personality.
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