Recommendable Norwegian Movies

by rtondell | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 22 May 2017 | Public

Films with Norwegian spirit and World value

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1. Kon-Tiki (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

Director: Thor Heyerdahl | Stars: Thor Heyerdahl, Herman Watzinger, Erik Hesselberg, Knut Haugland

Votes: 2,088

What a Great storytelling! Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove the possibility of migration from South America to Polynesia, and the result was this exciting Academy award winning documentary about brave scientific adventurers on a 101 days 8.000 km raft mission. The experts were sure they would not survive; the balsa tree fleet should sink, waves would wash everything overboard, fishing would not give food, they could not get rescue. But Heyerdahl was right. Life on the float seemes both serious and charming, with Heyerdahl downplaying all dangerous threats in good 50's style. Better, more charming and far more exciting than the OK (and Academy awards nominee) dramatization of 2012.

2. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,356 | Gross: $0.31M

"Elling - Me, my friend and I". A warm comedy-drama about Elling, a 40 year old sensitive, would-be poet and Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s who are released from a state institution and provided with a state-funded apartment to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge. Through a friendship born of desperate dependence, Elling and Kjell Bjarne discover they can not only survive on the outside, they can thrive. «Elling» is a phenomenom in Norway, with a very readable series of four books, three movies and theater performances. Last put up on Broadway, but lasted only for a week. Petter Næss has directed the American movie «Mozart and the Whale», that didn't do too well. He has directed several warm comedies in Norway, but none as good as this one.

3. Junk Mail (1997)

83 min | Comedy, Thriller

A lazy postman puts his nose where it doesn't belong.

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Robert Skjærstad, Andrine Sæther, Per Egil Aske, Eli Anne Linnestad

Votes: 1,919

"Junk Mail". A black comedy about a bored mailman, Roy, in a dirty world (Oslo) who reads the letters he is supposed to deliver and sticks his nose where it doesn't belong. He finds the key to an apartment left in one of his mailboxes. Investigating the apartment, he falls in love with its inhabitant, Line. But Line has other "friends", involved in dangerous affairs. After Junk Mail, Sletaune was contacted by Hollywood to direct a movie called «American Beauty». He wasn't interessted and it went to Sam Mendes... Junk Mail is thoroughly done in all aspects. Enjoy!

4. Zero Kelvin (1995)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Gard B. Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist, Camilla Martens

Votes: 1,670

"Zero Kelvin". Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the arctic winter sets in, a complex and intense love/hate relationship develops between Randbek and Larsen, who are more similar than either would like to admit. A powerful psychological and physical drama set against stunningly bleak arctic scenery. Moland have since made good films as the UK movie «Aberdeen» (2000), an American movie «The beautiful Country» (2004) and «A somewhat gentle man» (2010). "Zero Kelvin" is Listed in «1001 movies you must see before you die».

5. Flåklypa Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,670

"Pinchcliff Grand Prix". One for the whole family: 100 miles north, a bit east and up, is Flåklypa... home of bicycle repairman Reodor Felgen and his two assistants - Solan Gundersen, morning bird and natural born optimist, and Ludvig who is a true pessimist. Sponsored by oil sheik Ben Redic Fy Fazan, they build the car "Il Tempo Gigante" and the race of the decade is a fact. «Flåklypa Grand Prix» is as close as a movie can become a National treasure. Every Norwegian has seen it and it is fun for all ages. The puppet techology is quite impressive. Also listed in «1001 movies you must see before you die».

6. Den brysomme mannen (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.

Director: Jens Lien | Stars: Trond Fausa, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen

Votes: 15,138

"The bothersome man". Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas feels that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there's no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side"? A new plan for escape is hatched. The bothersome man is a rare movie, delicate and estethic, funny, but with distance and people in a feelless world.

7. Eggs (1995)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Two brothers in their seventies, Pa and Moe, have lived together all their lives in a little house in the country, the only interruption being when Pa made a weekend trip to Småland on his ... See full summary »

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Sverre Hansen, Kjell Stormoen, Leif Andrée, Juni Dahr

Votes: 810

"Eggs". Two brothers in their seventies, Pa and Moe, have lived together all their lives in a little house in the country, the only interruption being when Pa made a weekend trip to Småland on his moped during the second World War. The past returns when his adult son dating from his Swedish visit, Konrad, suddenly comes to live with them. Soon Moe is about to discover that three is indeed a crowd. Bent Hamer is an auteur and one of Norways internationally honoured directors with movies like «O'Horten» and «Kitchen stories». He has made a Hollywood movie, «Factotum», about Charles Bukowski. «Eggs» is a slow going picture, whith a sence of humour and a feeling for details. "Eggs" is listed in «1001 movies you must see before you die».

8. Stella polaris (1993)

89 min | Drama, History

A woman returns up North to her rural fishing village, and re-lives the village's history through work, war, rebuilding and depopulation.

Director: Knut Erik Jensen | Stars: Anne Krigsvoll, Ketil Høegh, Eirin Hargaut, Vegard Jensen

Votes: 103

9. DeUsynlige (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Music

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Trine Dyrholm, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Fredrik Grøndahl

Votes: 5,347

"troubledWATER". A young man is released from prison and hired as a church organist. He is recognized by the mother of the victim and she freaks out. The movie is about redemption and forgiveness; about starting over after a heinous crime has been committed and about lives gone wrong, and lives damaged by evil. troubledWATER has some fantastic organ music, great performances, cinematography, and direction by Erik Poppe, who previously directed «Hawai Oslo», which also is very recommendable and could as well be on this list.

10. Pathfinder (1987)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi, Henrik H. Buljo

Votes: 4,512

"Pathfinder". Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. They brutally kill a family in the remote area, but the families teenage son, Aigin, manages to flee from the killers and plans to avenge his families murder. Pathfinder was nominated for Oscar as best foreign Film, and Nils Gaup got hired by Disney to direct Shipwrecked (Haakon Haakonsen) (1990). "Pathfinder" is listed in «1001 movies you must see before you die».

11. Hunger (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitte Federspiel, Knud Rex

Votes: 2,473

12. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 62,796 | Gross: $0.25M

"The Troll Hunter". Mockumentary about Filmstudents on a school-task. They want to make a dockumentary about a strange fellow, believing he is a bear hunter. Discovering he is – a troll hunter! The existence of Trolls have been covered up for years by a Government conspirancy. Surprising, funny, «realistic» and with good visual effects and several references to Norwegian fairytales. You get used to the "found footage-style". Not for the smallest ones, though.

13. Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.

Director: Bent Hamer | Stars: Tomas Norström, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Reine Brynolfsson

Votes: 7,649 | Gross: $0.35M

14. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History

62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 41,103 | Gross: $1.52M

15. Hawaii, Oslo (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 4,380

16. Hodejegerne (2011)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 90,392 | Gross: $1.20M

17. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 60,444 | Gross: $0.04M

What's badder than zombies? Nazi-zombies! Norwegian horrormovies have a great success the recent years. This is a effectiv splatter-movie made in a landscape that remind of Lesja in Wintertime. A group of friends head for a successful Easter vacation. None of them had anticipated not returning home alive! However, the Nazi-zombie battalion haunting the mountains surrounding the aptly have other plans. If you watch it on vaccation, I hope outdoor toilets not are the option... For the moment, Wirkola is working on the American 60 mill. $ production Hansel and Gretel. See Dead Snow only if you enjoy the genre! If you do, the slashermovie "Cold Prey" is also well made. Ein, zwei! Die!

18. Jakten (1959)

94 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Two men attracted to the same woman are attending a trip with her in the Mountains during the bird hunting season. A triangular love drama ending with tragedy. Or is it, really?

Director: Erik Løchen | Stars: Rolf Søder, Bente Børsum, Tor Stokke, Harald Aimarsen

Votes: 347

19. Nine Lives (1957)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Jack Fjeldstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland, Joachim Holst-Jensen

Votes: 1,487

20. Kongens nei (2016)

133 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

Director: Erik Poppe | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny

Votes: 5,372 | Gross: $0.11M

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