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A Handful of Time (1989)

En håndfull tid (original title)
Gothic thriller about Old Martin who heeds the voice of Anna, who calls him back to the mountain cabin where he left her to die while she gave birth to their surviving son.


Martin Asphaug


Erik Borge
6 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Espen Skjønberg Espen Skjønberg ... Old Martin
Nicolay Lange-Nielsen Nicolay Lange-Nielsen ... Young Martin
Camilla Strøm Henriksen Camilla Strøm Henriksen ... Anna (as Camilla Strøm-Henriksen)
Per Jansen Per Jansen ... Anker
Minken Fosheim ... Else
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Daniel
Brit Elisabeth Haagensli Brit Elisabeth Haagensli ... Kari
Hans Krøvel Hans Krøvel ... Henrik
Nigel Hawthorne ... Ted Walker
Susannah York ... Susanne Walker
Lotte Tarp Lotte Tarp ... Ada
Arve Opsahl Arve Opsahl ... Hannibal
Karl Bomann-Larsen Karl Bomann-Larsen ... Anna's Father
Jan Hårstad ... Martin's Father
Henrik Scheele Henrik Scheele ... Policeman


Gothic thriller about Old Martin who heeds the voice of Anna, who calls him back to the mountain cabin where he left her to die while she gave birth to their surviving son.

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En suggestiv beraettelse om den sanna kaenslan...




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Norway | Sweden



Release Date:

12 October 1989 (Norway) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Beutiful film
5 June 2001 | by kkrogstadSee all my reviews

This film actually runs 92 minuttes. Martin Asphaug won an Amanda for best norwegian film, and Camilla Strøm Henriksen won an Amanda for best female actress in "En håndfull tid" at the Norwegian international film festival.

Martin Asphaug uses all kinds of camera tricks, set-ups, fades, to tell two parallel stories about Old Martin (Espen Skjønberg), portraying the character of today, and young Martin (Nicolai L. Nilsen) as the same character 50 years earlier. The director uses the main charcters Altzheimers syndrome, and the fact that he is talking to his wife Anna all the time, to show us his memory of his time with Anna. The film`s POV of the character shows a young man who has just lost his father in a car accident, and goes to the west of Norway to buy some horses in the end of fall. He must take along a young girl, who has problems with her violent father.

The story of today tells about the character 50 years later, wanting to go to Anna. He escapes from his nursing home, going to the west of the country.

This is a funny movie. The two main charcter are today playing lead roles in very popular tv-soaps in Norway. The seriousness of the caracteres is absent because of this. The film is made almost in the same way as "The French Lieutenant's Woman", from (1981) in the way the two stories are bound together.

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