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Through a Glass, Darkly (2008)

I et speil i en gåte (original title)
It is close to Christmas. In a snow covered landscape in the countryside of Norway we meet 12 year old CECILIE , her friend KLARA and Cecilie's family . They are all preparing for Christmas... See full summary »

Director:

Jesper W. Nielsen

Writers:

Jostein Gaarder (novel), Jesper W. Nielsen (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marie Haagenrud Marie Haagenrud ... Cecilie
Aksel Hennie ... Ariel
Trine Wiggen Trine Wiggen ... Mor
Mads Ousdal ... Far
Maria Sundell Maria Sundell ... Klara
Johannes Piene Gundersen Johannes Piene Gundersen ... Lasse
Àlex Batllori Àlex Batllori ... Sebastian (as Alex Batllori)
Liv Ullmann ... Mormor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Celine Engebrigtsen Celine Engebrigtsen ... Legen
Asta Busingye Lydersen Asta Busingye Lydersen ... Sykepleier
Espen Skjønberg Espen Skjønberg ... Grandfather
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Storyline

It is close to Christmas. In a snow covered landscape in the countryside of Norway we meet 12 year old CECILIE , her friend KLARA and Cecilie's family . They are all preparing for Christmas Eve. Cecilie, however, is seriously ill and spends most of her time in bed, daydreaming about the Spanish boy SEBASTIAN who she met on holiday last summer. One night ARIEL shows up in Cecilie's bedroom, a small strange looking fellow who claims he is an angel and starts talking to Cecilie about the wonders of life. Cecilie finds Ariel quite irritating, but they agree that if Cecilie tells Ariel how it feels to be a human being, Ariel will tell Cecilie about angels and the mysteries of the universe. "Through a Glass, Darkly" is a moving, magic and playful story about a young girl who, at the end of her life, learns to accept death and understands how wonderful life really is. The script is based on the novel "Through a Glass, Darkly" by world famous Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder ("Sophie's World"... Written by Turid Øversveen

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Country:

Norway | Denmark

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Through a Glass, Darkly See more »

Filming Locations:

Sokna, Norway See more »

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Budget:

NOK 21,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Ariel: We see the world through a mirror. And some times, we can get a peek past it, and look through to the other side. If we could polish the mirror enough, we would see everything. But we would no longer be able to see ourselves.
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Soundtracks

I Don't Dance No More
Performed by SHE
Music & lyrics by Erik Eurenius
Warner/Chappell Music Scand. AB
(P) 2008 Warner/Chappell Music Scand. AB
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life lasts only a few seconds ...
16 October 2008 | by rasmus-152See all my reviews

.. and I am glad I had the opportunity to spend some of mine with Cecilia's and her family's struggle to cope with Cecilia's disease. I give one star for Jostein Gaarders children's book about recognizing life and concede with death. Another star is given for the impressive adaption of the book into a this lovely movie expressing so many inner thoughts and feelings so transparently. I submit a star for Cecilia played talented by Maria Hagenrud and another star to Cecilia's family in their struggle to carry on. For all the "angeles" but especially to the angel Ariel for his blue eyes and childish curiosity towards life I give another star. I give a star for being a firsthand witness to a beautiful young love between boy and girl and one star for all pictures of fantastic snowy landscapes, romantic scenes from the lovely azure blue waters to close-ups of sweat drops from fewer on Cecilias face. I submit a star for all the tears I shed and another for all the laughter I laughed. This is indeed a fantastic movie about life, love and after life and should be viewed by anyone to whom these things might be of concern. As replacement for the Christmas star that was missing I give this movie my very last star and warmest recommendations.


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