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Angels in Fast Motion (2005)

Nordkraft (original title)
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 ... 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 ... Taber
Nils P. Munk Nils P. Munk ... Aksel
Paw Henriksen Paw Henriksen ... Rocker Kurt
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"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:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Over 200 extras were used for the bar scene in which Allan meets Maria for the first time. They were all from schools and gymnasiums and got free beer all night long. See more »

Quotes

Steso: I am a drug addict. I am definitely a drug addict. I'm hooked. I'll gladly confess to the fact, that I am an addict. Addict of Valium, LSD, coke, heroin, methadone, opium, Rohypnol, crystal meth, morphine, mescaline, amphetamine, C vitamins, D, vitamins, hashish, pot, hash-oil, skunk.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Kiss Your Demons Away
Written by Lars Pedersen (as Chief 1) & Christina Groth
Performed by Pernille Vallentin (as Pernille Vallentin Brandt)
Chiefment / EMI Music Publishing
Air Chrysalis Scandinavia AB
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Visually stunning, but not as original as it tries to be.
8 March 2005 | by VanihmSee all my reviews

At times films of the same genre tend to be very similar in both style and substance. In the case of Nordkraft director Ole Christian Madsen at times crosses the border between being inspired and copying. Visually, the film bears a striking resemblance to "Requiem For a Dream" (another film abut drug abuse) and at times the soundtrack even sounds identical. This at times makes the film come a bit too close to being a copy, which is a shame, as it is a fine film about a number of people caught in the drug underworld. The film depicts the way a number of people try to escape the drugs and the environment, but realize how hard it is to turn your back on a world you have lived in for so long. The movie follows three stories, all well acted, but one of the stories concerning a young girl and her relationship with her pusher boyfriend, is a bit shallow. The other two stories (concerning a junkie trying to quit to get his girlfriend back, and a former drug-runner trying to start a new life) dominate the film. Generally a good film, and visually one of the best Danish films in years, even though Madsen could have leaned a bit less on the previous films in the genre.


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