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Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen,
When 10 year old Storm's father disappears, and her mother dwells into making instruction films with an eastern European guru, she has to decide which rules the world has to come down to, not to completely become a chaos.
This is the most fun I've had during a movie in some time. As a mostly reconstructive documentary based on some anonymous people, the film has the freedom to get creative. The characters and situations are very exaggerated and very amusing. Everyone is well acted and well cast and the character of Brady was surprisingly well developed. This is also a very funny movie. There is a healthy mix of visual gags, crude jokes, cringe comedy and surreal humor that keeps the film constantly entertaining. This film also had the freedom of having some interesting directing. The director clearly has a good grasp on how to use film language to enhance a scene and how to build a unique visual and auditory style, even though what's at work is pretty obvious. The film lacks subtlety, with most of what is being offered being on the surface level. The characters, jokes and directing are quite evident throughout. The story is more restrained and does offer some interesting ideas, though I'm not certain those ideas are meant to cohere into a theme. But it's hard to complain when, like the main character's performance artistry stunts, the main motivation is clearly to entertain by any means necessary, and any subtext is secondary to that, and I was definitely entertained.
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