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Pedersen: High-School Teacher (2006)

Gymnaslærer Pedersen (original title)
A drama focused on Norwegian society in the 1970s, an era dominated by Marxism and Leninism.

Director:

Hans Petter Moland

Writers:

Hans Petter Blad (screenplay), Dag Solstad (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristoffer Joner ... Gymnaslærer Knut Pedersen
Ane Dahl Torp ... Nina Skåtøy
Anne Ryg Anne Ryg ... Lise Tanner
Jan Gunnar Røise ... Werner Ludal
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Jan Klåstad
Fridtjov Såheim ... Gunnar Bøe
Silje Torp ... Anne Britt Bru (as Silje Torp Færavaag)
Jon Øigarden ... Harald Tholfsen
Elin Sogn Elin Sogn ... Unni Langmoen
Henriette Steenstrup Henriette Steenstrup ... Fru Bøe
Robert Skjærstad Robert Skjærstad ... Unni Langmoens man
Linn Skåber Linn Skåber ... Rektor
Eli Anne Linnestad Eli Anne Linnestad ... Gerd Tangen
Ståle Rue Ståle Rue ... Tor
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Distriktrepresentant
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A drama focused on Norwegian society in the 1970s, an era dominated by Marxism and Leninism.

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The Rebellion Has Started!

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Norway]

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

24 February 2006 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Camarada Pedersen See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,226,554
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In the movie, Pedersen's wife leaves for the northern town of Mo i Rana, while in the novel, she goes to the town of Harstad. The director has explained that this change was made because she was a librarian, and that Norway's National Library has a branch in Mo i Rana. However, while the story is set in the 1970s, the National Library in Mo i Rana was not established until 1989. See more »

Quotes

Harald: We had some pints of beer.
Nina Skåtøy: How many?
Harald: 3
Nina Skåtøy: That would cost 42 kroner
[angry voice]
Harald: What? Why shouldn't I be allowed to drink some beer!?
[laughs]
Nina Skåtøy: I just point to the fact that it costs you 42 kroner each week
Nina Skåtøy: Those money are needed by the
[communist]
[...]
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Soundtracks

I Feel Free
Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown
Performed by Cream
Universal Music AS
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Blind love makes Pedersen the last standing communist
28 February 2006 | by LeMortSee all my reviews

A bit hard to review this one. As a reaction to USAs involvement in Vietnam, growing capitalism and a rather naive belief in "Power to the people", the Norwegian party AKP-ML was started in 1972. (Loosely translated it means "the Workers CommunistParty - MarxistLeninism ,WCP-ML) They believed all people should be equal and the path to that goal would be achieved through Armed Forces.

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This movie is about high-school teacher Pedersen and his arrival to a small Norwegian industrial town. The movie starts about him telling us that he was here to achieve his goal: A wife, a child and a home.

This is of course not enough for him. After getting married and moving into his dream home he is drawn to communism through one of his students. When the student moves away to study at the university, Pedersen loses his lighthouse; very soon to be replaced, and led, by another, even brighter star: Nina Skaatoey. They are almost immediately drawn into a very intense love-affair.

After a while he has lost both his wife and Nina. And this is what the movie is about. His intense dream and wishes of getting together again, with the love of his life Nina, makes Pedersen the last standing communist. And he was (in my view) never even a real one.

The movie, almost two hours long, is boring at first. The intense love-scenes and how were told, again and again, that Pedersen gets communist propaganda visions, each time he is involved with these people, is way to over-told. It's when things starts to fail, and the naivety of AKP-MLs dreams overshadows the reality (and pure logic) this movie starts to get interesting.

The last part, where the whole thing is smoldering apart, is clearly the best. (And what makes my score justified).Nina is falling apart and Ane Dahl Torp is acting this breakdown in such a painful way, its hard to witness. Pedersens loyalty is just as well drawn out by Kristoffer Joner. This is also excellent done.

All in all, if you can make it through the first half, this is a movie well worth seeing.


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