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Heart of Lightness (2014)

8 British actors and a narcoleptic director travel to the Norwegian Arctic Circle to film Henrik Ibsen's play 'The Lady From The Sea'.Thinking it will be an easy task, they are soon ... See full summary »

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Jan Vardoen
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Bachman ... Max Buchanan
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Arnholm
Rosie Day ... Hilde
Laura Donnelly ... Ellida
Jannicke Stendal Hansen Jannicke Stendal Hansen ... First AD
Daisy Head ... Bolette
Sam Heughan ... Lyngstrand
John Hodgkinson John Hodgkinson ... Jason Malvern
Richard Lumsden ... Ballested
Dominic Mafham ... The Doctor (Wangel)
Matt Ryan ... Stranger
Jan Vardoen ... Director
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8 British actors and a narcoleptic director travel to the Norwegian Arctic Circle to film Henrik Ibsen's play 'The Lady From The Sea'.Thinking it will be an easy task, they are soon overwhelmed by the surreal surroundings and the never ending daylight. This magnifies the internal tensions in the cast and influences their personal lives and the film itself. We follow them through their strife, joy and adventures to the culmination of what turns out to be a great film and a success for everyone involved. Written by Anonymous

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Norway

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart of lightness - Søvnløs i Lofoten See more »

Filming Locations:

Lofoten, Arctic Circle, Norway See more »

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Budget:

NOK 7,500,000 (estimated)
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Beacon Isle Films See more »
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Laura Donnelly (Ellida), Rosie Day (Hilde), and Sam Heughan (Lyngstrand) all appear in the TV series Outlander. Heughan and Ellida actually play siblings, Jamie and Jenny. See more »

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A good mix of litterature and accessible filmmaking
30 August 2014 | by henribeySee all my reviews

I've just recently seen this film at the Montreal World Film Festival and I was truly fascinated by it. The premise is a bit preposterous: A Norwegian film director (played by the movie's actual director) has to make a film or else forfeit a subsidy he received for the purpose of making a movie (if only these things happened in real life!). In London, he attends almost unwillingly a performance - in English - of a lesser-known Ibsen play, The Lady of the Sea, which, on a whim, he then decides to film in Norway, with the British cast. The filming occurs in a remote northern part of Norway, in summer, when the sun shines practically 24 hours a day. As moviegoers, we're constantly shifting between scenes of the actual Ibsen play and lighthearted scenes when the Norwegian film director, the British play director, the film crew and the cast interact among each other. But there comes a point where the distinction between the two settings is completely blurred.

I had never heard of this play by Henryk Ibsen and was thoroughly pleased at the opportunity to learn about it. I was also immensely impressed by the acting, particularly that of the English actors, who certainly deserve to be much better known. Finally, I think the Norwegian setting is truly spectacular. This is an intelligent and cultivated bit of movie-making. Well done!


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