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Upperdog (2009)

As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. ... See full summary »


Sara Johnsen


Sara Johnsen
10 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Hermann Sabado Hermann Sabado ... Axel
Agnieszka Grochowska ... Maria
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Per
Bang Chau Bang Chau ... Yanne
Magnus Bjørnstad Magnus Bjørnstad ... Karsten
Yngvild Støen Grotmol Yngvild Støen Grotmol ... Susanne Holmboe
Ole Paus Ole Paus ... Fredrik
Birgitte Victoria Svendsen Birgitte Victoria Svendsen ... Anne
Kjersti Holmen Kjersti Holmen ... Else Beate
Vidar Sandem Vidar Sandem ... Hans Martin
Tone Danielsen Tone Danielsen ... Ruth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marit Aschehoug Marit Aschehoug ... Kokka
Marie Blokhus ... Trude
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen Øyvind Osmo Eriksen ... Jay
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Medsoldat


As young children, half-siblings Axel and Yanne are adopted to Norway. They are separated on arrival, he to material wealth on Oslo's west side, she to an average family on the east side. In contrast to her younger brother, Yanne remembers their journey to Norway, but she has no idea where he might be now. All this is about to change, however, as Yanne's Polish friend Maria starts working as a maid for Axel's parents, there discovering a photograph of a young boy. Maria has seen the same picture on the wall of Yanne's flat. She decides to reunite them. But before having time to realize the consequences, she sets in motion a chain of events which throws many people into emotional turmoil. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Excellent subtle movie about real people
3 September 2009 | by foffsterSee all my reviews

I would say that this is one of the best movies ever made in Norway, if not THE best movie. I will lay that on the wonderful acting and casting, the details and subtle direction that makes a real movie with real people. You don't ever feel like you're being told what's happening, because you can feel it. The emotions and the causes of them are played out before your eyes and you know why all the time.

This is not a sad movie, although the people are pretty sad, and it's not a happy movie. It's a movie that speaks to your heart. I was sitting in a small movie theatre and the seventeen year old girls sitting in front of me couldn't be more bored. And I understand why. They couldn't relate to the people on the screen, who had experienced life, although they were pretty young themselves. But a seventeen year old girl doesn't know what it's like to experience real love and loss, or real betrayal. The rest of us couldn't have been more into the movie. This is what real love looks like. How real people act and react.

I don't want to front any of the actors, because they were all perfect. The director, Sara Johnsen, is a shining star and she really knows how to work with the actors, that really shows. But the most impressing thing is her careful eye for the story and how to tell it without over telling.

I am truly amazed and I truly loved this movie. See this with someone and you will have much to talk about afterwards.

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28 August 2009 (Norway) See more »

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Stadtneurosen See more »


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1.85 : 1
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