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Høyere enn himmelen (1993)

Director:
Berit Nesheim
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Beyond the Sky
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Drama/Family
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Axel Helgeland
Screenwriter (based on his novel):
Klaus Hagerup


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Mari Inger Lise Winjevoll
Miss Kjær Harriet Andersson ½
Morten Arne Willy Granli Johnsen
Wenche Birgitte Victoria Svendsen ½
Ronald Henrik Scheele
Henrik Aslak Borgersrud
Aleksander Larsen Joachim Calmeyer
Fru Beck Jorunn Kjellsby
Rektor Per Jansen

 

Review

In the wake of the Norwegian film tradition of the 1980s and 1990, with its stilted dialogues and often unnatural interpersonal relations, comes this offbeat coming-of-age film written by Klaus Hagerup and directed by Berit Nesheim (later of Søndagsengler, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997). The basic premise is a good way to start: A grumpy, rebellious 12-year-old (Inger Lise Winjevoll), feeling alienated from both her family and her classmates, finds herself intrigued by an eccentric and volatile retired teacher (Harriet Andersson), and the two develop an unorthodox friendship. The interplay between Winjevoll and Andersson has an edge to it which makes the first half of the film both intriguing and at times very funny. They are both perfectly cast, and despite some contrived emotional outburst which are clearly added to create drama, their relationship has integrity. Unfortunately, the script's turning-point and ending is hopelessly written and so full of cliches and improbabilities that it almost negates everything the film has achieved up until then, and the final twenty minutes or so are almost unwatchable. Henrik Scheele is superbly funny as the father.

Copyright © 13.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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