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I Am Dina (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 March 2002 (Norway)
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In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the ... See full summary »

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Ole Bornedal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bonnevie ... Dina
Gérard Depardieu ... Jacob
Christopher Eccleston ... Leo Zhukovsky
Bjørn Floberg Bjørn Floberg ... Edvard, Dina's Father
Pernilla August ... Hjertrud, Dina's Mother
Amanda Jean Kvakland Amanda Jean Kvakland ... Little Dina
Hans Matheson ... Tomas
Jørgen Langhelle ... Anders
Mads Mikkelsen ... Niels
Wenche Foss Wenche Foss ... Mistress Karen
Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Lorch
Kate Hardie ... Stine
Bodil Udsen Bodil Udsen ... Olivia
Mateen Sandvik Ram Mateen Sandvik Ram ... Little Thomas
Eli Anne Linnestad Eli Anne Linnestad ... Housekeeper
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In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the household servants. Dina grows up wild and unmanageable, with her only friend being the stable boy, Tomas. She summons her mother's ghost and develops a strange fascination with death as well as a passion for living. Family friend Jacob encourages Dina's father to hire Lorch, a tutor who introduces her to the cello. When Dina is old enough, she marries Jacob and moves to Reinsnes, a port he runs with his mother, Karen, and his stepsons Niels and Anders . Niels doesn't like Dina's wild ways, or the fact that she has taken over accounting duties at Reinsnes. Dina's eccentric tendencies become even stronger, eventually leading Jacob into an accident of his own and bringing Tomas back into her life. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Norway | Sweden | France | Germany | Denmark

Language:

English | Norwegian | French

Release Date:

8 March 2002 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Dina See more »

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Budget:

NOK 141,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Norway's official submission to the 75th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Quotes

Dina: [last words in the international version] Leo. You came back.
Leo Zhukovsky: Try to rest...
Dina: Are you going to stay?
Leo Zhukovsky: I'm always going to be leaving you, Dina, but I will always come back.
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Alternate Versions

The "International version" contains a different ending than the original version. See more »

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Film III
Written and Performed by Jorane
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Incoherent
4 May 2002 | by thnielsSee all my reviews

Incoherent is the word I feel best describes my experience with this movie. Ole Bornedal simply wanted too much and accomplished too little in a movie jam packed with events but no background to explain them. I would have preferred he had left out a few and dwelled more on the characters. Apart from an intimidating Dina, who is portrayed brillantly by Maria Bonnevie, most other characters pop up and disappear without much focus on their inner mechanics. Most are simply treated as props. I must say, however, that Bjørn Floberg as Dina's father does an excellent piece of acting in bringing the character so much anger and ill feelings.

The locations and the craftsmanship of the movie in general, is admirable. Beautiful settings and what many have described as postcard like sceneries. A movie that could have touched its audience but failed nonetheless.

Many have criticized the choice of language in this movie but I really don't think it did much harm, hearing a bunch of Nordic actors (and a French) speak English. Perhaps some of them might have been more comfortable speaking their mother tongue and thus acted more naturally, but who knows?


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