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Buddy (2003)

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »

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Morten Tyldum

Writer:

Lars Gudmestad
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolai Cleve Broch ... Kristoffer Haukeland
Aksel Hennie ... Geir
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Stig Inge Otnes
Pia Tjelta ... Henriette
Janne Formoe Janne Formoe ... Elisabeth
Henrik Giæver Henrik Giæver ... Martin
Kim Haugen Kim Haugen ... Karsten
Håvard Bakke Håvard Bakke ... Dag
Eivind Sander ... Anders
Anna Bache-Wiig ... Line
Christian Skolmen Christian Skolmen ... Nikolai
Edward Schultheiss Edward Schultheiss ... Frode
Dagrun Anholt Dagrun Anholt ... Irene
Hilde Olausson Hilde Olausson ... Anne
Cathrin Gram Cathrin Gram ... Ingunn (as Cathrine Gram)
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Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the popular talk show "Karsten Tonight" in TV2. A few weeks later Kristoffer's life has become TV entertainment. People love the sequences from his commune at Tøyen: Kristoffer's half-twisted view of his surroundings, his crazy best friend Geir, not to mention the weird web designer Stig Inge, who hasn't set foot outside the Tøyen shopping center for two years. Kristoffer's future again looks bright, everyone likes him, but revealing your life on national television comes with a price tag. As Kristoffer's future in the TV business looks brighter and brighter, his friends start suffering. Geir's big secret is revealed, and Stig Inge's personal problems are much more serious than Kristoffer first thought. It will cost him a ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Haverok See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The movie premiered in Norway on 29 August 2003, and it ran in Oslo theaters until 19 February 2004 which means it ran for six months in Norwegian cinemas - a rare feat for Norwegian movies. See more »

Quotes

Geir: Kristoffer, sometimes you have to let go of the goalie and attack with both hands.
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References Ricki Lake (1992) See more »

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From Grace
Written and Performed by Thomas Dybdahl
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great in its simplicity
19 January 2004 | by FilmLabRatSee all my reviews

An absolutely awesome movie, Buddy takes the audience into the lives of three guys in a flat who end up on television with convoluted consequences. Their lives will never be the same, and only the discovery of true loyalty and redemptive friendship can make the situation and experiences into something positive. The transformation is quite moving and the characters seem very real, everyday people. Equally interesting, the film crosses documentary with cinema story to interface and comment on "reality TV." Kudos.

In spite of the seeming capitulation to Hollywood-style romance and happy endings - very uncharacteristic of Norwegian films - this is an outstanding story about status, using people, allegiance to success and stardom vs. allegiance to caring for human beings, especially friends. "Buddy" goes through somewhat annoying yo-yo relationships that need more definition and less reliance on fickle happenstance. The choices are not black and white, and the characters struggle in them. The topical relevance (to 'reality' TV) is especially poignant. In spite of the over-emphasis on finding romance and happiness in loyalty and responsibility, I give it 9/10. One of the most provocative, "real" yet uplifting European films of the year. Worth watching multiple times.


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