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The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)

Kautokeino-opprøret (original title)
Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.


Nils Gaup
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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 ... 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


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

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The Kautokeino Rebellion
17 February 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I saw this last month at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival and myself, being a Swede, it's nice to see a feature film centered on the indigenous Scandanavian peoples, the Sami who have populated the regions near the Artcic Circle of the countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian peninsula and live off their vast reindeer herds for food, clothing and trade. Set in 1852 this is based on a true story of an uprising against the authorities in the Sami territory of Norway. A story that has inspired numerous novels and non-fiction books over the years. Elen Skom (Anni-Kristina Jusso) is the film's protagonist who tells her story as the determined and strong willed wife of Mathis (Asle Mathis Gaup) who has become an alcoholic and is in debt to the the local merchant supply and tavern owner, the villainous Carl Ruth ((Mikael Persbrandt). Elen and Mathis have a young boy called Little Aslak named after Mathis brother Aslak. Mathis best friend is Mons (Nils Peder Gaup) and Mathis, Mons and Aslak will become the central characters in leading the revolt against Ruth and his sadistic henchman-turned sheriff Bucht and the newly installed preacher Stockflest who is in Ruth's pocket. Laestadius (noted Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist in a small role)had been the preacher of Kautokeino and his methods were bringing about an end to the rampant drinking and the end of Ruth's business. Ruth pulled strings and brought in a new preacher but the congregation wouldn't attend his services and conducted their own. They also stopped buying their merchant supplies from Ruth and made arrangements with a merchant in nearby Karesando for their supplies. Directed by writer/director Nils Gaup from his story co-written with Nils Isak Eira, the story is close to Gaup's heart as he is a descendant from one who participated in the rebellion over 150 years ago. It's a good story with beautiful winter scape cinematography from Phillip Ogaard and production design from Karl Juliusson. It has an epic feel to it without actually being an epic film. I would give this an 8.0 out of 10 and recommend it.

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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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NOK60,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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