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 »
Per Christian Ellefsen,
Marit Pia Jacobsen
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 »
Erik Løchen should have been an international success
Erik Løchen made two films, the first one being Jakten (1959), the other one called Motforestilling (1971) they are both probably the best films to ever come out of Norway.
Jakten is half Jules and Jim (1962) and half Rules of the game (1939) Two men are "Fighting" over the same girl just like in Jules and Jim, and there is constant symbolism throughout the film about this all being a game, like Rules of the game.
The film takes place during the hunting season in Norway, and is jam packed with symbolism about the two men fighting for the girl are like the two dogs they are using to hunt.
Supriseingly is the imagery very good and the locations are marvelous.
If Erik Løchen had made more films it would might have been the Norwegian new wave (since it holds a lot of similarities with The French new wave starting about the same time) This is definitely the best place to start exploring Norwegian cinema and it might be the best Norwegian film ever made.
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