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Hunger (1966)

Sult (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 August 1968 (USA)
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 »

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Henning Carlsen

Writers:

Henning Carlsen, Knut Hamsun (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Per Oscarsson ... Pontus
Gunnel Lindblom ... Ylajali
Birgitte Federspiel ... Her sister
Knud Rex Knud Rex ... Landlord
Hans W. Petersen Hans W. Petersen ... Grocer
Henki Kolstad Henki Kolstad ... Editor
Roy Bjørnstad Roy Bjørnstad ... Konstantin
Sverre Hansen Sverre Hansen ... Painter
Pål Skjønberg Pål Skjønberg ... Constable
Else Heiberg Else Heiberg ... Landlady
Lise Fjeldstad Lise Fjeldstad ... Little girl
Carl Ottosen Carl Ottosen ... Sailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bjarne Andersen Bjarne Andersen
Wilfred Breistrand Wilfred Breistrand
Osvald Helmuth Osvald Helmuth ... Pawnbroker
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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 reality is withering. One moment his is delighted and the next he curses everybody. All the time he manages to maintain human dignity and pride. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Denmark | Norway | Sweden

Language:

Danish | Swedish | Norwegian

Release Date:

12 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Director Henning Carlsen was very fond of Hamsun's work and brought to the screen another one of his novels almost thirty years later ("Pan", 1995). See more »

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Pontus: All is lost, ladies and gentlemen! All is lost!
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Starvation, Self-Esteem, Pride and Arrogance – One of the Most Complex Characters I Have ever Seen
7 May 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1890, in Christiania, the penniless aspirant writer Pontus (Per Oscarsson) is unemployed and starved, and near to be evicted from his poor room in a low-budget boarding house. The lonely Pontus has written an article and his hope is that the editor of the local newspaper buys his literary composition to raise money to have a meal and pay his debts to his landlord. However, Pontus is too proud and arrogant to accept any charity or money in advance and despite his poor appearance, he insists to tell other people that he does not need any alms. Further, his honesty does not allow him to keep a change wrongly given to him. The hunger Pontus is becoming delusional and having daydreams due to the lack of food. When the weirdo Pontus sees the gorgeous Ylajali (Gunnel Lindblom) walking on the street with her sister, he flirts with her. Sooner the editor asks him to rewrite his article in an appropriate language of newspaper and Ylajali dates him, and it seems that his dreams will finally come true.

"Sult" is an impressive, depressive and heartbreaking character study of one of the most complex characters I have ever seen. The viewer does not have information about the past of Pontus, but his behavior indicates that he was from the aristocracy of the upper-classes that has moved to Norway expecting to become a successful writer but that is actually a loser. Or that he feels superior to the other people and also inferior, at the same time. His personality is contradictory since even under a deep starvation,he keeps his self-esteem, pride and arrogance, capable to hock his jacket to give a handout to a beggar.

Pontus does not give-up and only when he indirectly receives money from Ylajali, he is capable to return to his country. I have never read the novel of Knut Hamsun, but it certainly might be a depressing story. Per Oscarsson has one of the best performances I gave ever seen and participates in every scene through his presence, his visions or his feelings. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Fome" ("Hunger")


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