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Den brysomme mannen (2006)

Director:
Jens Lien
COUNTRY
Norway/Iceland
GENRE
Mystery/Drama/Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Bothersome Man
RUNNING TIME
95 minutes
Producer:
Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
Screenwriter:
Per Schreiner


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Andreas Trond Fausa Aurvåg ½
Anne Britt Petronella Barker ½
Hugo Per Schaaning ½
Ingeborg Birgitte Larsen
Håvard Johannes Joner ½
Trulsen Ellen Horn

 

Review

Nominated for the ACID award in Cannes 2006, this satire has a universal appeal and an art house tone. With its polished, conspicious set design backboning the cold and observing (at times voyeuring) approach, the film is both un-Norwegian and arch-Norwegian at the same time. Technically and thematically, Den brysomme mannen is impressive and highly interesting. But there's something complacent and predisposed about the screenplay and much of the social satire it contains. We realize what the filmmakers want to say long before they get around to saying it, thus making the final part of the film more of a formality than an intriguing investigation of a mystery. Den brysomme mannen remains detached and aloof - never really allowing the viewer to get under its skin to probe the many amusing and interesting comments it has to make.

Copyright © 13.11.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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