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Nordkraft (2005)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 March 2005 (Denmark)
The intense, realistic and unflinching tale of Maria, Allan and Steso, who are struggling for survival in urban life, about drugs.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Signe Egholm Olsen ... Maria
Claus Riis Østergaard ... Allan
Thure Lindhardt ... Steso
Farshad Kholghi Farshad Kholghi ... Hossein
Thomas L. Corneliussen Thomas L. Corneliussen ... Asger (as Thomas Corneliussen)
Pernille Vallentin Pernille Vallentin ... Tilde (as Pernille Vallentin Brandt)
Signe Vaupel Signe Vaupel ... Maja
Rudi Køhnke Rudi Køhnke ... Frank
Maria Stenz Maria Stenz ... Marias mor
Finn Storgaard Finn Storgaard ... Hans Jørgen
Lars Mikkelsen ... Stesos far
Søs Egelind Søs Egelind ... Stesos mor
Stanislav Sevcik Stanislav Sevcik ... Taber
Nils P. Munk Nils P. Munk ... Aksel
Paw Henriksen Paw Henriksen ... Rocker Kurt
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Storyline

"Angels in Fast Motion", or "Nordkraft" to give it its original Danish title, follows the fate of three youthful people in their twenties, as they each fight a personal battle with drugs that weaves together three distinct storylines. The film is an, unflinching and brutal story of addiction in a cruel and depressive world, but with a little thought of hope and love through its core. It all takes place in the grey Aalborg as a striking backdrop and we get introduced for Maria, Allan and Steso. Maria (_Signe Egholm Olsen_) is a pusher frau, as she call herself, or a drugs trafficker. She lives with her dealer boyfriend Asger (_Thomas L. Corneliussen_), a former doorman whose education as a tattooist is financed by drugs, that Maria smuggles in from Copenhagen. But Asger is unable to give her the love and affection she needs, so all the time Maria is waiting--Waiting for love. Suddenly Maria does not want to make any more trips and that leads to the introduction of Hossein (_Farshad ... Written by Philip S. Christensen

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first scene seen in the movie was shot in Pusherstreet in Christiania, Denmark, and was the first time anyone had ever been allowed to film there. It used to be impossible because of the great powers of the pushers, but Christiania and the pushers wanted some good publicity, because they'd just been cleared out, and they may have realized they were part of the outside world and not merely a closed system. See more »

Quotes

Hossein: In Persia they say that opium is good for anything. Good for the pain within. Very good super aspirin.
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Connections

Referenced in Nordkraft - 'Fra bog til billede' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Soundstepping
Written by Ashtiani, Baltzer & Geo G. (as GeoLoGe)
Performed by Ashtiani - Baltzer
From the album "Nobody beats the beat - he Second Coming"
Sonny B. Recordings 2004
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Great characters
11 August 2008 | by threeJaneSee all my reviews

By that, I don't mean Maria, Allan and Steso (Thomas) who were meant to be the three main characters. I mean Maria, Allan and Hossein. All the way through, I was hoping for Steso to get more interesting or more involved in the slowly interconnecting story. At the same time, I was straining to learn more about Hossein, the Persian war veteran with enough self-esteem to share.

As an English-speaker, I could not help compare this film with *Trainspotting*. It is a very 'f*** life' philosophy and comments more than once on the bourgeois and their habits.

I also could not help but compare the camera-work with that of *Requeim for a Dream*. David Stratton would hate it: rushy and giddy - but I like that sort of thing. There was no stop-motion that I remember.

I did like the sound-track, but I may be biased because the lyrics were often in English.


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