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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Norway's official submission to the 75th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Dina: We played a game together. Mama and I. On the cliff. It was a simple game - I spun around and would count my steps moving in a random direction. If I went over the cliff, she would have to come and catch me. But she never did. I couldn't count to more than twenty.
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Dina
Written and Performed by Jorane
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Excellent Film
12 November 2004 | by artem_kSee all my reviews

I feel I must disagree with the previous review of this film. The title of the move is, after all "I Am Dina," and not "We are the people who live and interact with Dina." The fact that the director of this film does not indulge in a more in-depth exploration of the supporting characters is to be expected, as the premise of the movie is that it allows us to witness the world through Dina's eyes, to see the effect other people have on her, and to a lesser extent, the effect she has on them. In this way, the movie is an astounding success. The masterfully crafted dialogue allows for the unique, if subordinate, personas of the supporting actors to shine through while not overpowering the focus of the story: an achingly real, beautiful woman who fights a personal struggle on both the internal and external fronts. This is certainly not a movie for every one. At times, it leaves one feeling as a guest in the imagination of the director as he reads an excellent book; as such the movie deserves an audience that is capable of being swept away by a story.


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