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Kautokeino-opprøret (2008)

Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.

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Nils Gaup
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mikkel Gaup ... Aslak Hætta
Anni-Kristiina Juuso ... Elen Skum
Aslat Mahtte Gaup Aslat Mahtte Gaup ... Mathis Hætta (as Asle Mathis Gaup)
Nils Peder Gaup Nils Peder Gaup ... Mons Somby (as Nils Peder Isaksen Gaup)
Mikael Persbrandt ... Carl Johan Ruth
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Niels Vibe Stockfleth
Sverre Porsanger Sverre Porsanger ... Ruths assistent
Peter Andersson ... Lars Johan Bucht
Michael Nyqvist ... Lars Levi Laestadius
Jørgen Langhelle ... Halmboe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Biskop Juell
Eirik Junge Eliassen Eirik Junge Eliassen ... Søren von Krogh Zetlitz
Göran Forsmark ... Butikshandlaren
Ole Nicklas Guttorm Ole Nicklas Guttorm ... Lille Aslak (as Ole Niklas Mienna Guttorm)
Jovsset Heandrat Jovsset Heandrat ... Lars Hætta
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Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.

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Drama | History

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Country:

Denmark | Norway | Sweden

Language:

Saami | Norwegian | Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Kautokeino - Opprøret See more »

Filming Locations:

Kautokeino, Finnmark, Norway See more »

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NOK 60,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

You can see yellow ear tags on several of the rein deer's ears. These tags are a modern way of identifying ownership of the rein deers. The traditional way of tagging rein deers was to cut unique markings in the rein deer's ears. See more »

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Referenced in Saamelainen (2007) See more »

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Doaívut Ja Vuoímmehuvvat - Hope And Defeat
Written by Herman Rundberg, Svein Schultz and Mari Boine
Vocals by Mari Boine
© 2008 Lean
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A generally good depiction of a crucial point in Sami history
12 August 2015 | by crculverSee all my reviews

In 1852, Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic region of Norway were fed up with the Norwegian liquor industry exploiting their tendency to alcoholism, local government officials seizing parts of their herds, and a corrupt state church ignoring it all. They rioted, beating the local priest and killing a merchant and government official. The two men considered ringleaders, Aslak Haetta and Mons Somby, were tried and executed. This incidence is little-known in most of Europe, but in the history of the Sami people it is one of the few tales of resistance to pressure from their southern neighbors and has gained a sort of epic status. Nils Gaups' 2008 film KAUTOKEINO-OPPRORET (The Kautokeino Uprising) depicts this event. The main character of the film is Ellen Aslaksdatter Skum, who with her husband Mathis Haetta, was sentenced to long imprisonment. Ellen is played by Anni-Kristiina Juuso, a Sami actress best known for her role in Aleksandr Rogozhkin's 2001 film KUKUSHKA. The film is multilingual, with the Sami speaking their own language, Swedish used as a lingua franca, and Norwegian heard from a few outsiders. Mid-19th century Norway is depicted in absorbing detail, and watching the film I felt to some degree that I was sharing the challenges of the characters in the frozen north.

The film takes a few liberties with history (the whipping of the priest isn't portrayed, and the rioters are stopped by what seem to be Norwegians instead of their own other Sami neighbors. Still, it's generally factual and really inspires the viewer to go out and learn more about the event. What I really admire about the film is that it doesn't try to portray the murderers as bold defenders of national consciousness: their uprising was something of an act of blind rage and they were betraying their own Christian ideals. Other depictions of the riots, such as Launis' godawful opera "Aslak Hetta", give in to hyperbolic National Romantic feelings, but Gaups' film keeps it on the level.


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