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Head Above Water (1993)

Hodet over vannet (original title)
Einar and Bjørn leave Lene on the island for a fishing trip, when her former lover, Gaute, appears drunk and falls asleep in her bed.

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Nils Gaup
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Cast overview:
Lene Elise Bergum Lene Elise Bergum ... Lene
Svein Roger Karlsen Svein Roger Karlsen ... Einar
Morten Abel Morten Abel ... Bjørn
Reidar Sørensen Reidar Sørensen ... Gaute
Jon Skolmen ... Policeman
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Einar and Bjørn leave Lene on the island for a fishing trip. Then her former lover, Gaute, drops by unexpectedly. Drunk, he sleeps in the double bed. Lene sleeps on the couch and wakes up when the men come back. She tries to wake Gaute, but then discovers that he's dead. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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Country:

Sweden | Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

8 August 1993 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Head Above Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway

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Dolby

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Color
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Remade as Head Above Water (1996) See more »

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Another one robbed by Hollywood
18 November 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

Remakes... what is that? More than the concept of "remake", remakes are a way to make "easy money" and, of course, a way to overshadow the originals and cover their true identity. In the end, we think the Americans are so great and original when they lack ideas and originality, remaking the others's works instead and claiming as theirs. If before knowing that the remake was a remake it seemed alright, in comparison it pales.

I don't know more norwegian movies, even though Norway is a gorgeous country. But this moment of glory in norwegian cinema is one to be treasured.

Hollywood, beware: this norwegian is a lesson in originality and how to make a movie as it should be. There is a lot to be appreciated. The story is unlike anything else, the norwegian cinematography is stunning, the film is intriguing, the acting by the actors is authentic and the film-making is a good school of film-making.

Lene Elise Bergum is a lot more serious than the funnier Cameron Diaz, but it's the norwegian actress who is superior (and far more authentic). Although Cameron Diaz was still beautiful and hot back then, Lene is hotter because of the several nudity scenes.

Svein Roger Karlsen is phenomenal as the judge. Every weird behavior of his character seems so authentic that it only means that the actor is awesome. Morten Abel and Reidar Sørensen have good performances too, but they're in a different league because their roles are much simpler.

This should definitely be on Top 250.


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