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Welcome to Norway (2016)

A couple decide to open a home for refugees in the remote cold mountains of Norway, and gets a lot to deal with.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Primus
Olivier Mukuta Olivier Mukuta ... Abedi
Slimane Dazi ... Zoran
Henriette Steenstrup Henriette Steenstrup ... Hanni
Renate Reinsve Renate Reinsve ... Line
Nini Bakke Kristiansen Nini Bakke Kristiansen ... Oda
Elisar Sayegh Elisar Sayegh ... Mona
Henrik Rafaelsen ... UDI-mannen
Birgitte Larsen Birgitte Larsen ... UDI-kvinnen
Fridtjov Såheim ... Metal Kjell
Marianne Meløy Marianne Meløy ... Heidi
Frode Saugestad Frode Saugestad ... Legen
Trine Wiggen Trine Wiggen ... Politikvinnen
Divine Mugisha Ndihokubwayo Divine Mugisha Ndihokubwayo ... Jente på norskkurs
Violet Hakizimana Violet Hakizimana ... Jente på norskkurs


A couple decide to open a home for refugees in the remote cold mountains of Norway, and gets a lot to deal with.

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Comedy | Drama


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Although the events of the film take place in Norway, the filming location for the run-down hotel was found from the neighboring Sweden. See more »


Primus: [Repeated line] Shut up.
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A "feel good" movie that doesn't make me feel very good
9 March 2017 | by peefynSee all my reviews

There's great potential for comedy when different cultures are put together, and a house for refugees is also a very relevant setting for a modern day comedy. The actors in this movie all deliver solid performances, and act convincingly as the characters they are portraying. I also quite like a lot (everything?) seems like it's filmed on location. There's a great potential here for both comedy, and a heartwarming story.

Somehow the movie fails to deliver on both. At times it is surprisingly cynical, and some of the characters go back and forwards between believable and caricature. I did appreciate some of the dark humour, but it would have worked better with more believable characters. The woman working for the local government feels like she taken from a Ben Stiller comedy, while some of the refugees could have been characters in a drama. Not because of the quality of anyone's acting, but because the characters themselves feels like they're made for completely different movies.

The ending plays like it's supposed to make you feel good and think that people are alright - but the message it actually conveys feels more misanthropic than it does heartwarming.

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4 March 2016 (Norway) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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