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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

Many of the scenes in this movie was shot using a "doggy-cam" which is a reversed steadicam that is attached to the actors to create that very special effect while they are moving/running. A similar device was also used in Requiem for a Dream (2000). See more »

Quotes

Tilde: Hi, Thomas. It's so good to see you. How are you?
Steso: How I am? I'm okay, and how are you? You're also okay. So everything is okay then. That's the ritual, Tilde. Are you okay?
Tilde: Actually I feel much better.
Steso: Give me a kiss then.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Jaguar Tornado
Written by Simon Beck
Performed by Viva Vertigo: Kristoffer Sonne, Simon Beck, Anders Wallin, Sara Lewis Sørensen
From the album "Viva Viva"
Bad Afro Records 2004
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Hard, ugly and disturbing look into the underworld.
6 March 2005 | by larisarulesSee all my reviews

For some reason I felt draw to this movie from the first time I saw the trailer, so of course I had to see it during it's opening weekend and I can say without a doubt this is the best movie this year so far. It's a disturbing look inside the under(drug)world of the 5th largest city in Denmark. Set in the mid 90's the movie follows 3 persons,

Maria (a runaway from home girl). Allan (a guy who left it all when his best friend got jailed, but returns after an accident) Thomas aka. Steso (a very bright and intelligent guy, who does the drug because he likes the mental freedom it provides and acknowledges that he's addicted, but still loves it)

The movie follows the 3 main characters as they struggle with their lives, Allan with trying to get out, Steso with getting more into it and Maria just being where she can't really control her life.

The movie uses no known actors (except for Kirsten Nordholt as Allan's mom and Lars Mikkelsen as Steso's dad), maybe this is a deliberate decision so that the actors and therefore characters doesn't out do each other. And yet the movie is played with a top class performances, by ALL actors (not like Pusher 2 which, except for Mads Mikkelsen, is played so poorly that one has a hard time feeling for the characters). The 3 main characters does a very breathtaking performance, but everyone else does also great job, all the way from Pernille Vallentin Brandt as Tilde to Rudi Köhnke (who by the way looks a lot like Joaquin Phoenix) as Frank. Everybody delivers an absolutely outstanding performance.

This movie is based on a book by the same name, I haven't read the book so I cannot comment on the level of integrity toward the book. But I can say that I love this movie.

It's a 9/10, if you liked Christiane F. or Pusher, then you'll love this one. It's a Hard, ugly and disturbing look into the underworld.


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