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Only Clouds Move the Stars (1998)

Bare skyer beveger stjernene (original title)
"Only Clouds..." is a film about eleven year old Maria, who has lost her little brother. Her mother disappears into her own sorrow, then Maria meets Jacob.


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Torun Lian
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Credited cast:
Thea Sofie Rusten Thea Sofie Rusten ... Maria
Jan Tore Kristoffersen Jan Tore Kristoffersen ... Jakob
Anneke von der Lippe ... Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders T. Andersen Anders T. Andersen
Eindride Eidsvold Eindride Eidsvold ... Uncle
Bjørn Jenseg Bjørn Jenseg ... Grandfather
Helge Jordal Helge Jordal ... Clerk
Jørgen Langhelle ... Father
Max Moland Max Moland
Kari Simonsen Kari Simonsen ... Grandmother
Arne Øyvin Slørdal Arne Øyvin Slørdal
Andrine Sæther Andrine Sæther ... Aunt
Mads Weinholdt Mads Weinholdt


Eleven-year-old Maria loses her little brother to cancer. Her mother retreats into deep depression; her father attempts to keep the family emotionally afloat. Sent to her grandparents' home for the summer, Maria meets Jacob, also an eleven-year-old, but with a completely different attitude to life and loss - he is an outgoing, adventurous latch-key kid with wisdom way beyond his tender years. Their budding friendship helps Maria reach out to her mother so that they can mourn and heal together. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Release Date:

24 August 1998 (Norway) See more »

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Only Clouds Move the Stars See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Underestimated coming-of-age movie about sorrow and friendship
3 January 2006 | by pcf-2See all my reviews

"Bare skyer beveger stjernene" is a beautiful little piece about a girl dealing with her brother's death while the family temporarily disintegrates. At the same time she meets a boy and finds some sort of first bonding/love.

Sounds simple, but it really works, due to solid natural sounding dialogue, somber editing, wonderful photography, excellent chemistry and directing - and not much over-acting, even from the children's main characters. (Unnatural over-acting is a huge problem in Norwegian movies - they are often populated with Theodore actors who act too much, and with sometimes surprisingly weak dialogue that no normal people would say in reality. If you think I exaggerate, just watch "Buddy".) I would say this is one of the best Norwegian movies from the 90's, and quite underestimated. It's a shame it's not out on DVD (yet), but let's hope someone manages to get it out in widescreen, DTS-sound and with foreign subtitles. It deserves to be seen by many more! (This review is based on my memory of seeing the movie in 1998 - I hope it's still valid if I see it again now.)

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