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Drømmeslottet (1986)

Director:
Petter Vennerød
Svend Wam
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Dream Castle
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Petter Vennerød
Svend Wam
Screenwriter:
Petter Vennerød
Svend Wam


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Thomas Øyvin Bang Berven
Trine-Lise Birgitte Victoria Svendsen
Arild Petter Vennerød
Mona Hilde Grythe ½
Anders Lasse Lindtner ½
Kjersti Mari Maurstad ½
Tobben Richard Egede-Nissen
Lars Torstein Hølmebakk
Jan Nikolai Kolstad
Jeanette Yvonne Fosso
Ane Runa Granlund
August Anders Hatlo
Tobbens far Per Jansen
Arne Erik Aasheim
Martin Dag Richard Badendyck
Terje Morten Faldaas
Steinar Viggo Jønsberg
Else Jorunn Kjellsby
Tobbens mor Anne Marie Ottersen

 

Review

With stagy, hammy acting and overformulated, often intellectualized dialogue, the films by the Norwegian filmmaking duo Svend Wam and Petter Vennerød were often panned, and ultimately ridiculed, despite often attracting large audiences and addressing relevant sociological issues. Drømmeslottet ticks all these boxes, but in contrast to some of their less successful films, it has a brilliant script with real drive and purpose. The filmmakers have things to say here; they hit out at the solidarity movement and collectivism of the 1970s, and not least how the people involved tended to politicize their socializing with other members of the society. What's best about Wam and Vennerød's point-making here is how they're never one-sided. Most ideas and reactions are put under the microscope, and as they often did, Wam and Vennerød had the audacitiy to make it all bizarrely entertaining by letting their eccentric characters clash in every which way. By the end, you're no longer annoyed by the theatricality of it all – you're embracing it.

Copyright © 12.9.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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