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The Birdcatcher (2019)

A Jewish girl Esther is forced to conceal her identity as a boy on a Nazi-Norwegian farm. Plotting her escape to Sweden, her daily challenge to keep her true identity a secret, leads to a series of choices and consequences.


Ross Clarke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah-Sofie Boussnina ... Esther
Arthur Hakalahti ... Aksel
Jakob Cedergren ... Johann
Laura Birn ... Anna
August Diehl ... Herman
Johannes Kuhnke ... Fred
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Tor
Andrea Bræin Hovig ... Rebecca
Jonas Hoff Oftebro ... Petter
Tibo Vandenborre ... Reichmann
Dag Mahmberg Dag Mahmberg ... Hans
Jon Øigarden ... Gestapo Officer
Bjørn Skagestad Bjørn Skagestad ... Karlsen
Marte Germaine Christensen ... The Veterinarian
Per Bogstad Gulliksen Per Bogstad Gulliksen ... Dr. Hansen


On her attempt to flee the Nazi round-up in Norway, Esther finds herself alone, on an occupied farm forced to conceal her identity; leading to a series of choices and consequences which shift the paths of those around her. This story uncovers a hidden slice of history that grips at the heart and inspires us all at the deepest level.

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Drama | History | Thriller | War


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An engrossing and moving story, gracefully told...
5 November 2020 | by ojaydartSee all my reviews

A completely different kind of WW2 drama, The Bird Catcher is an eloquent, elegant film. Esther is a Norwegian Jewish teen from the picturesque town of Trondheim, who dreams of becoming an actress. Escaping a brutal Nazi roundup,, she finds a strange, tense refuge on a farm that will soon require her to make use of all her talents in order to survive. But many other characters also struggle to survive their own nightmares - the Nazi collaborating farmer, his dysfunctional family and decadent German officers occupying the farm. Parts of the plot might be labelled predictable, but were really just inevitable. The quality of acting and directing kept me involved right through to the poignant ending that spoke of forgiveness and compassion.

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12 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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GBP6,500,000 (estimated)
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