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Eventyrland (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 March 2013 (Norway)
A woman goes to prison for murder. After being released back into society, she tries to create a new life for her and her now nine year old daughter. But her dark past comes back to haunt her and threaten both of their lives.
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Credited cast:
Silje Salomonsen ... Jenny
Tomas Alf Larsen ... Gary
Egil Birkeland ... Eddie Vedder
... Ådne
Fredrik S. Hana ... Frank (as Fredrik Hana)
Ole Romsdal ... Tønder
Iben Østin Hjelle ... Merete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kjell Breivik ... Frank's father
Tore Reidarsønn Kvam ... Social worker
Lene Heimlund Larsen ... Claire
Kjersti Østin Ommundsen ... Gunn Oddny
Thomas Skjørestad ... Timmy Virkola
Terje Torkildsen ... Plumber
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After serving 10 years in prison for murder, Jenny returns to society. She dreams of living a quiet life and of resuming her responsibilities as a mother, but soon dark shadows from the past start to appear. "It's Only Make Believe" is the story of a murder that never should have happened, of friends that never should have been trusted, and a debt that keeps on increasing for every down payment. Although Jenny has lost everything, she still has everything to win: her daughter. "It's Only Make Believe" is an exciting thriller and a heartfelt drama that marks a return to energetic and passionate filmmaking for Norwegian maverick director Arild Østin Ommundsen. Written by Gary

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All she dreamed of was a peaceful life.

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NOK 3,000,000 (estimated)
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As the DOP of his own film, Arild Østin Ommundsen never used a single set light. He made the whole film with natural light and a couple of IKEA lamps. See more »

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Eddie Vedder: I know a guy who wants to break your face.
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"Romantic, cinematographic and informal..."
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, cinematographer and director Arild Østin Ommundsen's fifth feature film which he wrote, premiered in Norway, was screened in the Focus on World Cinema section at the 37th Montréal World Film Festival in 2013, was shot on location in Stavanger, Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by producer Gary Cranner. It tells the story about a woman named Jenny who shortly after telling her boyfriend named Frank that they are going to become parents and getting engaged, gets involved in a criminally related situation which leads to her ending up in prison. After being released many years later, Jenny moves into a house in Stavanger, Norway and as she is doing everything she can to get more contact with her teenage daughter named Merete whom has been living with her foster parents, she meets a man who takes a liking to her.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by Nordic filmmaker Arild Østin Ommundsen, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws a diverse and riveting portrayal of a Norwegian mother and ex-con whom whilst looking for ways to make her new home as decent as possible for her daughter befriends a former schoolmate named Gary and some vengeful criminals from her past. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Arild Østin Ommundsen and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a mother's love for her daughter, the people who won't leave her alone and let her get on with her life and ultimately about a filmmaker's love for his family, depicts a rare study of character and contains a great score by Norwegian composer Thomas Dybdahl.

This dramatic, freshly humorous, light-hearted and fairy-tale-like indie which is set in a city in Western Norway in the 21st century and where a woman whom is awaiting the recovery of her fiancée and focusing on her future relationship with her only child is constantly bothered by some bad men who begins to go after the person who is dearest to her to get what they are after, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, variegated characters, scenes between Jenny and her boyfriend and Jenny and her daughter, many fine cinematic moments, hilarious and so true comment by Gary : "Det jo typisk det." and the charming and understated acting performances by Norwegian actress Silje Salomonsen, Norwegian actor Tomas Alf Larsen and Norwegian actress Iben Østin Hjelle in her debut feature film role. A romantic, cinematographic and informal drama.


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