A journey inside Martin's head. He's on a weekend mountain trip, and we get to know his thoughts. Unsensored, essential, existential and silly about feelings and fantasies. A recognizable film about being human, and how we tick and think.
Depiction of middle-age and first-world anxieties. Martin is clearly out of place both in his office, and at home with his wife and son. As he embarks on a trek searching for solace in the stunning Norwegian wilderness, he can't seem to find peace: his incessant stream of thoughts are endlessly commenting and fantasising about disturbing what ifs: what if he got a divorce? What if his wife died? What if he were a cripple? As the day stretches on, Martin prepares for a drastic change of pace amidst the wildlife in what is both a considered and consistently humorous portrayal of how easy it is to feel alienated in a very stable life.
A journey through the random senseless battle in Martin's head
Out of nature (Original title: Ut mot naturen) is a different film from most. Much of the movie goes inside Martin's head, while we see what he is doing. As a narrative voice, we go through his random, and sometimes senseless, thoughts.
Martin is a man in the early 30'ies, married and has a son. He's happily married. Or is he? He's really not completely sure. He's going on a jogging trip up to the mountains. He looks forward to it, but is still having regrets for not going on a party and bad consciousness about not staying at home with his family. This is the start of the journey inside Martin's head. He's like the rest (or most?) of us. He thinks rapidly and sometimes have strange thoughts and stupid associations.
I must admit my head and thoughts works just like this. You sometimes have to battle thoughts and ideas, fears, pains, worries, regrets, bad consciousness, anger, fantasies, dreams, envy, happiness, struggle, satisfaction, excitement, awe... you name it. Whatever he does, he can'travel without his thoughts. His family is clearly with him while he is out in God's free nature.
Sometimes his thoughts are upright funny, even hilarious. The strong points of this film is recognition as well as the humor put into it. You'll never know when the humor occurs.
This is Ole Giæver's film. He has written it, produced it and is playing Martin in the main role. Often you can say that this isn't a very good idea, doing all this, but this film functions well. It's also been very much appreciated by both critics and cinema goers in Norway. The film premiered at TIFF in Toronto, where it got much acclaim. So it did at the Berlin Film Festival. Later on Ole Giæver won the prize for best male actor in Tromsø International Fim Festival, the Kanon-prize.
The film is also a nature-appreciation film. With nature in the area around Tromsø in the North of Norway. This film is a result of the growing film milieu in this area, and shows a innovative approach. The film is surprisingly interesting and grabs you more than you would expect. A good watch for the mind.
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