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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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Yentl with snow instead of singing...
11 April 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

An enjoyable, if fairly routine story of a young Jewish girl who manages to escape the clutches of her Nazi captors during WWII. She cuts her hair and dresses/acts as a boy and seeks refuge working on a remote farm. What's new? The difference is, this one is set in the harsher climate of Norway and her predicament is incorporated into the broader theme of the Quisling-run kingdom's own difficulties with the Nazis. The family that adopts this new "boy" has plenty of problems of it's own and so there are plenty of sub-plots to complement the principal story. The pretty much entirely Nordic cast are all fairly competent, if not exactly outstanding; and it does offer a different take on the usual approach to this subject. The cinematography is beautifully bleak at times, and generally contributes much to this watchable war story.

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12 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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GBP6,500,000 (estimated)
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