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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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Gard B. Eidsvold ... Henrik Larsen
Bjørn Sundquist ... Jakob Holm
Camilla Martens ... Gertrude
Paul-Ottar Haga ... Officer
Johannes Joner ... Company Man
Erik Øksnes ... Captain
Lars Andreas Larssen ... Judge
Juni Dahr ... Woman in park
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Frank Iversen ... Poetry Buyer
Tinkas Qorfiq ... Jane
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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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Den som tror paa kaerleken aer saarbar. Mister man tron aer man livsfarlig. See more »

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Superb thriller
1 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Gard, a Norweigen poet signs up for for some trapper organisation in Greenland. Assumingly looking for adventures and possible material for his writing. In Greenland things slowly starts to turn ugly. His boss Randbaek is a unreasonable man that seems to have a need to bully someone. The only other person on the station is a calm scientist that only engages in a situation if he absolutely has to.

One of the best things about this film is the depth of Randebaks character. Despite him being really foul and wretched there is plenty of glimpses of a person with regret beneath this rubble. At times he and Gard accomplished some kind of frail peace and at tmies Randaek even seems to respect Gard. But before there, off-course, they have already exchanged to many blows...

Its a raw and powerful film. With the icy north creating a great backdrop for their escalating conflict. Wonderful atmosphere. Lots of humor. With all the actors turning in good performances ( and with Stellan Skarsgard being particularly awesome). The film is at heart a mini-dram (even though there ARE some action) and much of it takes place in a primitive cottage. In kinda reminded me of the likewise excellent Runnaway Train. Great entertaining thriller with a serious edge.


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