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Zero Kelvin (1995)

Kjærlighetens kjøtere (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 November 1996 (USA)
Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a ... See full summary »

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Larsen, an aspiring poet in 20's Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbek, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the arctic winter sets in, a complex and intense love/hate relationship develops between Randbek and Larsen, who are more similar than either would like to admit. A powerful psychological and physical drama set against stunningly bleak arctic scenery. Written by DJH

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A one-room, three-character study
30 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Although that's not a bad thing, that is not exactly what the Kino Video release implies about the film. I was expecting some sort of exciting Arctic adventure story. Something fairly simple-minded, in other words.

Since expectation and actualization in this case are as different as snow and ice, it's a little difficult to assess the film fairly.

Suffice it to say that Stellan Skarsgård is unrecognizable as the foul-mouthed hunter. In Scandinavia, is he well known for his versatility? If he's not, he should be. Stellan is lousy in this film. I mean that literally. He's infested with lice. He's grubby. You would not want to be locked all winter in a claustrophobic room with him. His character is the heart of this drama.

This may not have been the Arctic adventure I was hoping for, but then it didn't leave me cold either.

The film was shot on the island of Spitzbergen (Svalbard in Norwegian), but I couldn't tell that I wasn't looking at Greenland.

The last credited performer, Tinkas Qorfiq, played the part of Jane, the dog, if I'm not mistaken.


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