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Bread and Circus (2003)

One man's courage and will to break loose from the system, and the ability of one individual to bring down the kingdom.

Director:

Martin Loke

Writer:

Martin Loke (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Boullet Oliver Boullet ... Oliver
Miriam Johansson Miriam Johansson ... Miriam Johnsen / Mother Earth
Martin Loke ... The Normal One / Post 2 / Voice in speaker / Voice of Monks / Goat chewing
Magne Jahrestein Magne Jahrestein ... The King
Silje Andresen Silje Andresen ... The Princess (as Silje Andreasen)
Benjamin Rørstad Benjamin Rørstad ... Post 1 / First appearing monk
Lars Torp Lars Torp ... The fugitive - Old / Third appearing monk
Lars Erik Ringstad Nordrum Lars Erik Ringstad Nordrum ... The fugitive - Young
Lise Løke Lise Løke ... Second appearing monk / Girl going into anus
Hilde Løke Hilde Løke ... Woman in radioroom / Voice of Mother Earth
Fredrik Løke Fredrik Løke ... Exposed monk
Frank Løke Frank Løke ... Sleepy guard / A dreg of society
Eivind Pedersen Eivind Pedersen ... Butler
Andre Iversen Andre Iversen ... Guard 1 in front of King
Vegar Bakke Vegar Bakke ... Guard 2 in front of King
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Storyline

In a kingdom, a man is born as a child to Mother Earth. He's checked for normality, confirmed normal, and is let into the system. The man gets old, and the system has no use for him. So he's brought out to be executed. The man gets flashbacks, and understands what his life has been. So he hammers out a message on a piece of stone, for coming generations. Later, a couple finds the message, and journeys out to put an end to the oppressive system. Written by Daniel Loke

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Norway

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

1 June 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Brød & Sirkus See more »

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Budget:

NOK 600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wring Wrong Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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To avoid copyright problems the makers used old classic music in the film, like the works of Beethoven. See more »

Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Fireworks Music/Water Music
Allegro - Andante
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Handel)
Copyright Naxos
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Realism, sure - real surrealism!
10 September 2004 | by CliftSee all my reviews

Bread and circus was a fun surprise. It reminded me of when I saw Bad taste (1987) for the first time some 15-16 years ago. It doesn't really have all the qualities of Peter Jackson's masterpiece, but it sure has qualities enough to make it worthwhile looking up a copy.

The story is about how to avoid becoming a grey salary-man that fits in perfectly in the system from birth. In the future, everybody who is opposing, ugly, violent or just "strange" will be executed. Our hero runs away from his death squad, gets caught but leaves a message on a rune stone which is read two years later by a couple that immediately continues his struggle for liberty.

Sort of.

In between we get to enjoy an Ilsa-like female officer who rapes a lazy security post (the director, Martin Løke, himself) before she cuts his throat (the very same guy who had a bottle of beer stuck up his anus). We also get to see a man get his head smashed in with a hammer, another one gets his head sliced in two with a machete and so on. The gore'n'guts are all quite well down, very Pythonesque, just like in Peter Jackson's early movies. (6/10)


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