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Den brysomme mannen (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 August 2007 (USA)
In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions.


Jens Lien


Per Schreiner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trond Fausa ... Andreas (as Trond Fausa Aurvåg)
Petronella Barker Petronella Barker ... Anne-Britt
Per Schaanning Per Schaanning ... Hugo
Birgitte Larsen Birgitte Larsen ... Ingeborg
Johannes Joner Johannes Joner ... Håvard
Ellen Horn Ellen Horn ... Trulsen
Anders T. Andersen Anders T. Andersen ... Harald
Sigve Bøe ... Liten mann
Hanne Lindbæk Hanne Lindbæk ... Vigdis
Ivar Lykke ... Kollega 1
Aldun G. Magnaes Aldun G. Magnaes ... Gutt som kliner (as Audun G. Magnæs)
Mette K. Haugen Mette K. Haugen ... Jente som kliner (as Mette Karin Haugen)
Hanne Dieserud Hanne Dieserud ... Azur-kvinnen
Gard Petersen Gard Petersen ... Forvalter 1 (as Gard Pedersen)
Benny Glaerum Benny Glaerum ... Forvalter 2 (as Benny Glærum)


Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there's no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side"? A new plan for escape is hatched. Written by Tordenfilm AS

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The car used to pick up Andreas at the gas station is a Panhard 24, a French car not made since 1968. See more »


References Paris, Texas (1984) See more »


Te Quiero Dijiste
Written by Charles Pasquale (as Pasquale)
Performed by Los Panchos (lead vocals by Raúl Shaw Moreno)
Music and lyrics by María Grever
Courtesy of Bluemoon Records
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Great, a bit stretched thin by the end, but great sensibility and feel
3 March 2012 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Bothersome Man (2006)

Of course this is weird. It's a surreal version of dying and heaven (or hell) is a little shack in the middle of nowhere that is a way to get a second chance. At something. Life, maybe.

This is a little like the crop of comic serious surreal movies in the last twenty years where you part laugh and part are gasping in appreciation for the reality invented. I'm thinking "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" or "Being John Malkovich" or even "Inception." And at first it's just a terrific experience, going with the flow, which is understated in broad expanses of deadpan landscape and people alike. Eventually you adjust to the newness and want a thread of meaning or something to carry it along.

And this mostly succeeds most of the time. Which is not quite like a brilliant knock you over film. Jump in and wallow with the main character, who seems to have some kind of free will but within an invisible restraint. I mean, taking a ride back to life for some kind of reappraisal, even if you know it's all a mirage, means maybe being radical and not a bit submissive.

Not for this Norwegian. The humor comes and goes, the logic certainly goes more than comes, but the mood, the charm and ease of all the characters is enjoyable, almost heavenly, in a weird not quite coincidental way. I would check this out. I know a lot of people will get bored in the first few minutes because the wry dry humor, the lack of dialog, and even the lack of anything quite happening will drive them batty. But you know if you're not like that, and can get into a "Paris Texas" or "Dead Man" or lightweight Ingmar Bergman sensibility. Try it. I liked it a lot, even if I got a bit restless by the last third.

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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