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Fatso (2008)

Director:
Arild Frölich
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Fatso
RUNNING TIME
91 minutes
Producer:
Jim Frazee
Stein B. Kvale
Screenwriter:
Arild Frölich
Lars Gudmestad


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Rino Hanssen Nils Jřrgen Kaalstad
Fillip Kyrre Hellum
Malin Josefin Ljungman

 

Review

Nils Jřrgen Kaalstad (Sřnner) is a great talent and does a good job in bringing the sexually frustrated and socially awkward 30-something Rino to life, but the film cannot match Kaalstad's authenticity. Writer/director Arild Frölich seems to want to make a film that challenges stereotypes and gets under the skin of his characters, but in trying to get there he clings desperately to the very same stereotypes. The film asks us to view the characters as real human beings, but doesn't treat them as such − they are pawns in a superficial examination of perceived settled social roles. And as a comedy, the film is hit and miss, mostly miss. Whenever Frölich feels he needs to lighten/spice things up, he adds a segment consisting of animated sperm. That doesn't really tell me anything about people like Rino, or others for that matter.

Copyright © 4.5.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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