What happens to us when people stop acting like they're supposed to? A nurse gets into a dispute at work because she switches to speaking English when she gets nervous. A translator ...
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Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve ... See full summary »
3 women seeks identity and happiness. A shy literature student falls in love with a 20 year older writer. A raging artist becomes pregnant during her break through. A woman believes she's dying, and needs to see her away adopted son.
Yngvild Sve Flikke
Inga Ibsdotter Lilleaas,
We meet Kaja (18) 12 minutes before the first shot is fired at the Utøya summer camp July 22nd 2011, which soon is to be the worst day in modern Norway's history. They know about Anders Behring Breivik's bomb in Oslo, but is he here now?
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »
What happens to us when people stop acting like they're supposed to? A nurse gets into a dispute at work because she switches to speaking English when she gets nervous. A translator compromises her integrity when persuaded to translate a book she doesn't believe in. An elderly woman and her daughter are humiliated when offered a present of one million kroner from a relative. I Belong is a warm and nuanced film about people who all mean well, but end up hurting one another. About how people who act on integrity and feelings are seen as troublesome in a society where the ideal is to behave rationally. A playful tragedy-comedy about how what seems like something of little importance to one person, can seem like a grand disaster to another.Written by
Failed halfway in its mission. A pity while having all the ingredients needed for a compelling product
Saw this at the Noordelijk film festival 2014 in Leeuwarden (NL). The synopsis (four people meaning well but all of them wind up hurting others) explains the common theme better than the movie itself. It had all the looks that the common auto ride (nearly all cars in the street had their tires punctured) was the only connection between the three stories, with the fourth actually making up a frame story while she made an audio book from her own writing containing these three stories. The discussions on itself were interesting, especially the third story when people wanted to give a million away and met some reluctance from the planned recipients, in spite of the fact that the latter could have made good use of the money.
All in all, I'm afraid I cannot concur with most positive reviews. Like the main protagonists in this movie, the film makers meant well but failed in their mission in creating a compelling product. In spite of having ample material and interesting ingredients available, they left me stuck with a "constructed" impression. Technically there is nothing wrong. Casting and acting is very good, and we can follow the respective stories smoothly. Yet I'm not satisfied with the overall product. Maybe I do not belong to the target group for this type of movie?? Nevertheless, the nearly 2 hours are not boring nor tedious, and covering 4 stories in less time would be a misdemeanor. This movie ranked rather low at 42th place (out of 64) for the audience award, yet with above average score 7.2. I myself end in limbo between 5 and 6 (out of 10).
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