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Tuba Atlantic (2010)

TV-MA | | Short, Comedy, Drama | June 2010 (Norway)
Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar (70) is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother, who he believes live... See full summary »


Hallvar Witzø
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Edvard Hægstad Edvard Hægstad ... Oskar
Ingrid Viken Ingrid Viken ... Inger
Terje Ranes Terje Ranes ... The Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan Adams Ryan Adams ... Telephone voice
Runi Ur Arantsstovu Runi Ur Arantsstovu ... Faroese Man
David Chocron David Chocron ... The Brother (voice)
Elisabeth Kvithyll Elisabeth Kvithyll ... Radio Host 2
Britt Myklebust Britt Myklebust ... Radio Host 1 (as Brit Myklebost)
Erland Roso Erland Roso ... Oscar child
William Svendsen William Svendsen ... Jon child


Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar (70) is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother, who he believes live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, before it is too late? Written by Anonymous

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Short | Comedy | Drama


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Nomination for Oscar, Best Short Film Live Action, Academy Awards, USA, 2012. See more »


Nei, sa tjukk du har blitt
Composed by Ole Ivars.
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Engagingly comic but with a gruff fantasy heart
7 February 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Discovering he has only six days left to live, Oskar plans to reconcile with his brother – although the last he knew his brother was in New Jersey, a long way from Norway. Determined to have closure before he dies, Oskar spends his remaining days preparing to use a massive tuba structure to broadcast across the Atlantic. In the meantime, he is joined by an Angel of Death – a religious volunteer who will stay with him until he dies; and spends a lot of time killing seagulls.

It is hard to put a finger on what Tuba Atlantic is as a film, however seeing the 25 minute running time, and knowing it was a Norwegian film about death, I did not hold out too much hope of it being a fun experience. Truth is that the film manages to be grounded in this tale of a dying man and his estranged brother, but yet also brings in a lot of comedy and fantasy elements. I'm not wholly sure how much narrative importance the slaughtering of seagulls played in the overall film, but it was a very funny constant, and will resonate with anyone who has lived by the sea – or even tried to eat chips outdoors within 5 miles of coastal waters. The character of Inger plays well alongside Oskar, and the two performances do well to balance the absurd with the heartfelt – and in the end there is a gruff heart which provides a quite satisfying conclusion in the midst of the comedic and the fantasy of the tuba itself.

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