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Mer eller mindre mann (2012)

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35 year old Henrik is to establish himself with a pregnant girlfriend in a new apartment and start a new job. But he has some rather childish childhood friends, and is Henrik really ready to go from boy to more ore less a man?


Martin Lund


Martin Lund (screenplay)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Henrik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Egil Birkeland Egil Birkeland ... Paul
Kim Eidhagen ... Fredrik
Solvei Grimen Fosse Solvei Grimen Fosse ... Mia
Aslag Guttormsgaard Aslag Guttormsgaard ... Mann medvin
Erik Haugstad Erik Haugstad ... Busssjåfør
Janne Heltberg Janne Heltberg ... Tone (as Janne Heltberg Haarseth)
Kristine Hessvik Kristine Hessvik ... Mor i bil
Per Kjerstad Per Kjerstad ... Kenneth
Elisabeth Lahr Elisabeth Lahr ... Dame med navnelapper
Polly Lahr Polly Lahr ... Seminarvertinne
Ina Lerner Grevstad Ina Lerner Grevstad ... Henriette (as Ina-Therese Grevstad)
Anne Ma Usterud Anne Ma Usterud ... Henriks mor
Terje Ranes Terje Ranes ... Simen
Tore Sagen Tore Sagen ... Henning


35 year old Henrik is to establish himself with a pregnant girlfriend in a new apartment and start a new job. But he has some rather childish childhood friends, and is Henrik really ready to go from boy to more ore less a man?

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Almost Man See more »

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Ape&Bjørn See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Approaching the challenge of becoming an adult
9 November 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Norwegian writer/director Martin Lund won many kudos for this off center comedy about the pangs of growing into adulthood. The film is difficult to label – it is not a comedy per se; it is more of an examination of the process of retardation when approaching the role of an adult and to that end the cast is exemplary in portraying that lost generation married to computers and cellphones and tablets and texting etc that they have not learned how to become responsible for their own lives and those of their families and loved ones.

35-year-old Henrik (Henrik Rafaelsen) is attempting to establish himself in a new responsible job (yes, IT type), lives with a pregnant girlfriend Tone (Janne Heltberg) in a new apartment and still parties with his high school buddies. But he has some rather childish ways of behaving (all of his friends share that degree of foolish nerdism) and Henrik must make the growth spurt that will make him a father instead of a perpetual teenager. The process is called maturing and Henrik is just beginning to experience that realm.

Henrik Rafaelsen has found that plane of innocence stirred with silliness and immaturity while he discovers the consequences of his childish behavior (in one scene he is sitting in a car reading Peter Pan and urinates, full frontal, on the book). There is a lot of horsing around in the gym, full frontal nudity and bizarre behavior among his buddies, and while that sort of 'fun' has its place in a sequestered gym, when it progresses to parties where behavior is not controlled by commonsense self discipline then things happen that result in Henrik's having to explain to Tone.

The film could be simply longwinded boredom were it not for the performances of the main characters. They invite us in and allow us to join them in the transformation toward adulthood. For that reason the film is really quite fine – it just takes patience and understanding.

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