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The Angel (2009)

Engelen (original title)
As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood... See full summary »

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Margreth Olin

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Margreth Olin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bonnevie ... Lea
Gunilla Röör ... Madelaine
Antti Reini ... Ole
Benjamin Helstad ... Henrik
Milla Mykløen Milla Mykløen ... Lea, 6 år
Helene Michaelsen Helene Michaelsen ... Lea, 13 år
Emil Nikolai Stang Emil Nikolai Stang ... Henrik, 13 år
Betina Bjerknes-Hagen Betina Bjerknes-Hagen ... Sonja, baby
Tiril Hauge Eggen Tiril Hauge Eggen ... Sonja, 1 år
Ella Kleven Ella Kleven ... Sonja, 3 år
Börje Ahlstedt ... Morfar
Jon Schau Jon Schau ... Magne
Snorre Bergersen Snorre Bergersen ... Anders
Chantelle Eggum Michels Chantelle Eggum Michels ... Line
Anneke von der Lippe ... Fostermor (as Anneke Von der Lippe)
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As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood. From the wrong side of the tracks, Lea grows up in a small house on the edge of the forest. When her father dies, her fragile mother Madelene takes up with the jealous alcoholic Ole. Unable to prevent Madelene from being beaten, Lea winds up as a substance abuser. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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There's no louder cry than being a heroin addict.

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Norway's official submission to the 83rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Rehab.
11 October 2009 | by EijnarAmadeusSee all my reviews

Yesterday I revisited one of my favorite comedies of all time with Bruce Robinson's 'Withnail & I' (1987), and as the film starts we see the "I"-character seated in the living room with an expression on his face signalizing depression, uncertainty and paranoia, and I've always wondered what the character is thinking about in that moment, exactly what has he experienced. Well, now I know.

Earlier the same day I went to the cinema seeing Margreth Olin's first feature-debut 'Engelen' ('The Angel'). We get to know Lea (Bonnevie), a troubled young woman whose sad childhood has lead her life into heroin addiction. She feels a sustaining relation to her difficult mother who's lead herself into a problematic relationship of alcohol abuse, drugs and rape after her husband's tragic cancer-death. Lea sees her mother fading away, as she herself in early age slips into depressing thoughts of guilt, misunderstanding and loneliness. But you have to know when to stop - I left the cinema 40 minutes in and had a urging need for rehab after this horrible film experience.


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2 October 2009 (Norway) See more »

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EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,356,190
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