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Kamilla og tyven (1988)

Orphan Kamilla moves in with her rich uncle who lives in Kristiansand, Norway in the early 1900, Norway. Her uncles wife however does not approve of Kamilla and want to send her to a ... See full summary »


Grete Salomonsen


Grete Salomonsen (screenplay), Kari Vinje (book)


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Credited cast:
Veronika Flaat Veronika Flaat ... Kamilla
Dennis Storhøi ... Sebastian
Agnete G. Haaland Agnete G. Haaland ... Sofie
Morten Harket ... Christoffer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Turid Balke Turid Balke ... Kokka
Anne Marie Bjørtvedt Anne Marie Bjørtvedt ... Fru Monsen
Ole Geir Feste Ole Geir Feste ... Kusk
Bjørn Furuborg Bjørn Furuborg ... Onkel Ole
Kaare Kroppan Kaare Kroppan ... Joakim Jensen
Normann Liene Normann Liene ... Herr Sørgaarden
Trine Liene Trine Liene ... Fru Sørgaard
Anne Ma Usterud Anne Ma Usterud ... Stor-Peders mor
Maria del Mar Maria del Mar ... Castillo
Ole Moe Ole Moe ... Bestefar
Brith Munthe Brith Munthe ... Tante Louise


Orphan Kamilla moves in with her rich uncle who lives in Kristiansand, Norway in the early 1900, Norway. Her uncles wife however does not approve of Kamilla and want to send her to a boarding school in Denmark. Her uncle instead decide to send her to his sister who lives in the countryside. On her way there she meet Sebastian who is a good hearted thief, who want to turn his life around. Written by Alexander

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Du vil le. Du vil gråte. En film for hele familien. (you will laugh. you will cry. a movie for the entire family.)


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Release Date:

December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kamilla and the Thief See more »

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Production Co:

Penelope Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR (35 mm optical prints)


Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was a huge success, because Morten Harket, lead singer of the popular group "A-ha," played a small part in it. As a result they made a second movie, in which Morten played a bigger part. See more »

Alternate Versions

In order to make it more accessible to a non-Norwegian audience, this film was re-edited for its international release. See more »


Followed by Kamilla og tyven II (1989) See more »


Kamilla og Bastian
Sung by Morten Harket
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An unlikely tale of theft, struggles, friendship and redemption! A mature and complex children's movie!
21 January 2016 | by BoxOfficeKidSee all my reviews

Kamilla is an orphaned girl with no sense of belonging. On her way to live with her sister, Kamilla gets lost. Sebastian is a hardworking and honest man when faced with difficulties he steals some money to make ends meet, losing his way in the process. When about to skip town, he runs into Kamilla, and the two of them form an unlikely friendship, in the process they save each other leading both on the right path of redemption.

Yes it is a simple children's story, a simple tale on the countryside in Norway, but with its great original soundtrack and camera-work one gets a sense of it being a great epic. There are complexities of the world being conveyed in Kamilla og Tyven, which I believe convey accurately how the world is: it is not black or white, there is no total evil nor is there total good in Sebastian's actions as he is in a gray area. Growing up, one remember their parents say, stealing is bad! But no thieves wants to be a thief, they become it because of the circumstances they are in.

Dennis Storhøi is brilliant as Sebastian, conveying every emotion possible. Veronika Flåt as Kamilla was a major miscast in my opinion! She ruined it a bit with her lack of both acting and singing skills. An example is a pivotal scene in the end that is remembered by her cringe worthy acting, rather than its emotional significance.

Nonetheless, the movie is so subtle on mature themes such as despair and salvation, one easily forget that is also a Christian propaganda movie. Notice how the bible, naturally blends into the storyline.

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