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Sjelens Speil (2015)

Sjelens speil (original title)
When a gang of rival gangsters offers help to his cancer-suffering girlfriend, a mob-enforcer must in return betray and murder his friends and employers.

Director:

Frode Graadahl

Writer:

Frode Graadahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Åsmund Brede Eike ... Alex
Tony Llapi ... Tony
Silje Reinåmo ... Julie
Mette Holt ... The Negotiator
Abdilamit Sabani Abdilamit Sabani ... Adem (as Amit Shabani)
Egzon Neziri Egzon Neziri ... Gjergj
Elise Christine Eide Elise Christine Eide ... The Doctor
Bjørn Alexander ... Frankie
Yousef Hadaoui Yousef Hadaoui ... Tariq
Cecilia Black ... Betina
Kim Jøran Olsen Kim Jøran Olsen ... Petter
Jeanette Gulbrandsen Jeanette Gulbrandsen ... Pernille
Rikke Adele Pedersen Rikke Adele Pedersen ... Ingrid
Francis Gamble Francis Gamble ... Voorhees
Øyvind Thjømøe Øyvind Thjømøe ... Weiss
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When a gang of rival gangsters offers help to his cancer-suffering girlfriend, a mob-enforcer must in return betray and murder his friends and employers.

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To save the life of the one you love, how far are you willing to go?

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Short | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Norway

Release Date:

2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Sjelens Speil See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway

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Budget:

NOK 10,000 (estimated)
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Michael R Productions See more »
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Color
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While blocking a fight-sequence, a very eager director Frode Graadahl accidentally kicked actor Kim Jøran Olsen in the face, and later producer Michael Ringdal in the groin. No injuries were sustained. See more »

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Impressive and ambitious
2 August 2015 | by woriapunaniSee all my reviews

I watched a screening of this film along with 4 other shorts in Oslo a little while back, and after reading the plot-outline in beforehand I was skeptical about the whole thing, expecting a premature action/gore fest with every gangster-film cliché possible.

I was positively surprised by what was presented on the screen; "Soul's Mirror" is a suspenseful and moving drama which was the complete opposite of what I expected. The first thing which really stood out was the high quality acting and dialogue. Director Frode Graadahl deserves much praise for his writing, directing and casting. Åsmund Brede Eike's portrayal as Alex has an emotional palette I've never seen in a short-film before. Driton Llapi is a find as a wiseguy who brings both horror and humour in an otherwise very bleak film. Mette Holt is a cynical femme-fatale I'd love to see more of, and so is Abdilamit Shabani whose portrayal of the Albanian mafioso with such authority that he could be an eastern- European Tony Soprano.

The film itself starts out slow, but then builds up to a suspenseful climax where the outcome is surprisingly unpredictable. The action scenes are of particular high quality with no CGI as far as I could see - some of the most, if not THE most brutal and realistic violent scenes I've seen in a Norwegian film. These are however never portrayed in a speculative matter - they are what violence really is: unpleasant. Graadahl also makes a point of portraying both the assaulter and victims as human beings and how the violence affects them. Graadahl balances the violent scenes with scenes between Silje Reinåmo and Åsmund Brede Eike which has some portrayals of moving tenderness and sadness, and these are also very beautifully shot. A few scenes in this film as also very funny, giving the audience a breather.

There are however a couple of technical flaws in this film but they are forgiven considering the high quality of the script, directing and acting. The fact that Soul's Mirror has an almost microscopic budget, makes me excited for what the director would be able to accomplish with real funding.


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