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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 »

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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 Marie Blokhus ... Trude
Øyvind Osmo Eriksen Øyvind Osmo Eriksen ... Jay
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Medsoldat
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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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Nice movie, but without a solid ending
27 September 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

Movies like this can be quite a challenge. Telling several stories that interconnect requires each of the stories to be interesting on its own accord, the stories to have similar themes, yet being different enough to justify including all of the stories. The connection between the characters has to be plausible, and not feel faked. And, maybe most important, it should end as an individual conclusion to each of the stories, and at the same time as some sort of shared thematic climax. Or something to that effect.

In Upperdog, the four characters you follow all have quite different stories, different problems, and different journeys. They are interconnected in a (mostly) plausible way, while the individual stories mostly work as independent stories as well. Some characters are more interesting than others, but they are all different enough that every time you change point of view, it's refreshing. The acting is good, making the characters engaging even in their most unsympathetic moments.

What drags this movie down, is the ending. Not only does it last a bit too long, but it doesn't feel like the end of a thematic journey, but rather a temporary end to each of the character's situations. Some characters falls into the shadow of others, and as the credit roll, you're left feeling that the movie never really came together.


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