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Løvekvinnen (2016)

In 1912, a Norwegian woman dies in childbirth, leaving behind a daughter born with hypertrichosis, or excessive hair growth, and a grieving husband who hides the girl from gawkers.


Vibeke Idsøe


Erik Fosnes Hansen (based upon the novel by), Vibeke Idsøe

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolf Lassgård ... Gustav
Kjersti Tveterås Kjersti Tveterås ... Hannah
Aurora Lindseth-Løkka Aurora Lindseth-Løkka ... Eva (7)
Mathilde Thomine Storm Mathilde Thomine Storm ... Eva (14)
Ida Ursin-Holm ... Eva (23)
Karen-Lise Mynster Karen-Lise Mynster ... Mrs. Birgerson
Lars Knutzon Lars Knutzon ... Professor Stroem
Kåre Conradi ... Jahnn
Rolf Kristian Larsen ... Sparky
Lisa Loven Kongsli ... Ruth
Henrik Mestad Henrik Mestad ... Swammerdamm
Ken Duken ... Andrej
Ole Johan Skjelbred-Knutsen Ole Johan Skjelbred-Knutsen ... Dr, Levin (as Ole Johan Skjelbred)
Connie Nielsen ... Mrs. Grjothornet
Burghart Klaußner ... Johannes Joachim (as Burghart Klaussner)


Adapted from the novel "Løvekvinnen" (The Lion Woman) by Erik Fosnes Hansen (2006), the story follows Eva, who is born with hypertrichosis, a congenital condition that causes excessive hair growth over her entire body. Her father grieves not only for the loss of his wife during childbirth, but also for his daughter's abnormal appearance. As Eva's life unfolds, she is in contact with those who shun, embrace, and abuse her, yet she survives with intelligence, wit, and inner beauty. Written by Iris Carter

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Norway | Germany



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26 August 2016 (Norway) See more »

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Das Löwenmädchen See more »

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Keeps itself within known terrain
22 March 2017 | by peefynSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with an audience, and quite a few had a visible (and intended )emotional reaction to it. Obviously it's able to touch people on an emotional level. In that regard, the movie is quite successful.

Before I saw this movie, I was annoyed by how much of the story was spoiled by trailers. But after watching it, you realize that the story itself is not the important part of this movie. It's establishing relationships between Eva (the girl) and the people in her life. This is also where the movie gains its emotional strength. This part of the movie is probably also the best one, as the feelings the characters have for each other is easily felt as you watch the movie.

But I was there was more. The plot is mostly predictable, and even its most dramatic moments is quickly dropped shortly after happening. The movie goes as a swift pace past anything actually happening, but spends a lot of time on the moments where there's not much going on at all. Where young Eva is exploring the limits of her household, and trying to get a glimpse of the world outside of it. There's enough happening in this movie to warrant its two hour runtime, but the time could have been spent a lot better.

The last part of the movie is almost like fast forward, most likely only so that they could get to the ending scene in a way that carried some emotional impact. Perhaps more of the movie could be spent on these parts of her life, instead of her childhood? In the end, it's a movie that follows the beats you expect it to. On a technical level it (mostly) impresses, especially the make up. The dialects are all over the place, taking a bit of the realism away, but the acting is mostly of high quality.

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