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Kraftidioten (2014)

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The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.

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Hans Petter Moland
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Nils Dickman
Bruno Ganz ... Papa
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Greven - Ole Forsby
Jack Sødahl Moland Jack Sødahl Moland ... Rune
Arthur Berning ... Police Officer 2
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Experienced Police Officer
Sergej Trifunovic ... Nebosja Mihajlovic
Miodrag 'Miki' Krstovic Miodrag 'Miki' Krstovic ... Dragomir Bogdanovic (as Miodrag Krstovic)
Goran Navojec ... Stojan Micic
Jon Øigarden ... Karsten Petterson
Bjørn Moan Bjørn Moan ... Fred Remi Ås
Damir Babovic Damir Babovic ... Vuk Jovanovic
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Geir
Atle Antonsen ... Reddersen
Leo Ajkic Leo Ajkic ... Radovan Zupan
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Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded a Citizen of the Year Award. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge. And justice. His actions ignite a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss "Papa". Winning a blood feud isn't easy, especially not in a welfare state. But Nils has something going for him: Heavy machinery and beginners luck. Written by Paradox/Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Norway | Denmark | Sweden

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

En iskall jävel See more »

Filming Locations:

Beitostølen, Norway See more »

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Budget:

NOK 35,304,282 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,208, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,284, 16 September 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Battle of Kosovo (1389) was a battle between the combined army of Serbians and Bosnians against invading Turks of the Ottoman Empire. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, both being basically annihilated. The eventual outcome was the annexation of the Serbian provinces by the Ottomans. The Battle of Kosovo is significant in Serbian history and integral to Serbian national identity. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene Nils Dickman is driving a yellow truck without the powerful snow-throwing machine but after the para-glider is hit the film cuts to a view from behind and quite far away of the vehicle and the snow thrower is shown to propel a large amount of snow colored by the chopped up para-glider and the killed Serb. See more »

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Greven: [to Kinamann] You Chinese are the Jews of Asia
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In the end credits the names of all actors appear at the same time, in grey letters on black background, scattered across the entire screen. In order of their disappearance (their last appearance in the film) the names are highlighted in white, then fade away entirely. See more »

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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Floden
Written by Bjørn Eidsvåg
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...because a man must avenge his son ...it's expected of him.
16 September 2014 | by GrowMagicBeansSee all my reviews

Unassuming, snow ploughing, 'Citizen of the year', a man of few words, Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård), goes on a vigilante kill crazy rampage, disposing of those mobsters responsible for his son's death, because a man must avenge his son... it's expected of him.

...and that's basically the plot in this quirky, slightly strange, somewhat dark, Nordic humoured movie. After a intriguingly dark and interesting beginning, the plot itself runs a little stale and begins to feel slightly familiar and rehashed. It's a shame, because a weak plot is the movie's only flaw. To me, it felt a little bit of a cop-out from the original premise of the 'ordinary man', that he could conveniently enlist the help of his criminally linked brother, in order to get the movie flowing again.

Nevertheless, there is a lot to take away from the movie, and, even if the plot falls a little flat midway, the characters and even the ambiance certainly do not! There is something so charmingly black in the understated Nordic tone that will keep you enticed - perhaps not loud roaring laughter, but certainly continuous rumbling chuckling throughout. The theme may be familiar, but it is told with a new ice veneer that is typically Norwegian in style, aided by the wonderfully droll backdrop of the mountainous countryside. Whether it be the in-car conversations between mobsters discussing issues such as differences between the welfare systems of cold climate countries as opposed to those of hot climate countries; or the face-off between the kingpin mobster, Greven (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen) and his passively aggressive, coldly beautiful, ice-queen ex-wife, Marit (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen), these little scenes will most certainly keep you entertained and engaged.

The movie is certainly self-aware and has a little laugh at the quirks of Norwegian culture. This is no more evident than in the king-pin's home with its excessive and immaculate modernist furnishings. Scenes with Greven putting 'five-a-day fruits' ahead of business matters again epitomises the 'new world' of the Norwegian mobster. This modern society is put in stark contrast to the 'old world' of the Serbian rival gang where tradition and loyalty, the notion of an eye-for-an-eye, is paramount. Yet, even despite its odd quirks, the new world can manage to entice the old, with the Papa (Bruno Ganz), in the midst of his manhunt, opening up to new sensations on the cold mountaintop, vicariously experiencing the simple pleasures of the children as they ski down the mountain... and so the movie is perhaps also proud of its culture and origins, giving it a proverbial 'Fargo' feel.

Perhaps it doesn't quite attain the promise of 'high-art' it might suggest in its opening 20 minutes, but soon you learn it doesn't really need to. It's a quirky, superfluous little number that will give you fresh enjoyment on an old theme, and keep you quietly chuckling along, clucking like a hen, until the very end.


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