Yes it's the Norwegian Odd Couple. But it's also small and simple, bright and funny, and it never even begins to preach a message about mental health. Instead, it just gives us a thoroughly engaging story with characters we really grow to like--warm, endearing and sweet but never sentimental. The script and direction are so well-done that we hardly notice them--it just feels natural and real. And the performances are energetic and often hilarious, making the relationships between the characters utterly believable. It's also the very rare film about mental illness that lets us identify completely with the characters. This is never a show of serious acting; the characters are the thing, not the actors. And the characters are both believable and sympathetic. We see ourselves in them vividly, which makes the film truly meaningful as well as thoroughly entertaining.
dir Petter Naess|
scr Axel Hellstenius
with Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Per Christensen, Jorgen Langhelle, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Hilde Olausson, Ola Otnes, Eli-Anne Linnestad, Cecilie Mosli, Joachim Rafaelsen, Per Gorvel, Knud Dahl
release US Jul.02; UK 14.Mar.03
It works! Kjell Bjarne celebrates when he gets the old Buick running again (Ellefsen and Nordin)
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