Different and compelling - an undiscovered masterpiece?
The chasers is a triangular love drama between two men and a woman, which they both love. The men are friends, getting to know her at the same time.
The film is very different from anything I've seen before. The actors have dialog both between themselves as well as with us, the audience. The storyline is far from what we're used to. We go back as the three speak, after going to a hunting trip in the mountains.
Very early we get to know that this might end with someone's death, "or do we really?" it's said. The story easily is woven on to the screen, as we get to know more and more of what's really happening. Forget all conventions in film making, and you get along on the ride.
This film came out at the same time as the French wave in cinema was brought upon us, and in a way it's got similarities, though this is early, in 1959. Director Erik Løchen later became an important guy in Norwegian filmindustry, and directed a very special film, "Motforestilling" in 1972, which cdan be seen in 125 different ways on a DVD.
This film has later been voted as the best Norwegian movie of all times. I'm not sure if I agree to that, but in any case, it's one of the most interesting ones. Very experimental, very exciting, though not a commercial success at all. But it's truly a masterpiece, and a very important work to watch for those interested in film history.
Though being this interesting, there's still clear evidence of this not being an expensive more in production. Maybe that's why this wasn't a commercial success, though it was picked for the main competition in Cannes, and got good critics by most.
For film buffs - please treat your self in watching this. Out on DVD with English and french subtitles.
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