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Kongens nei (2016)

Director:
Erik Poppe
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The King's Choice
COUNTRY
Norway/Ireland
GENRE
Biography/Historical
RUNNING TIME
133 minutes
Producer:
Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B. Kvae
Screenwriter:
Harald Rosenlow-Eeg
Jan Trygve Røyneland


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
King Haakon VII Jesper Christensen ½
Crown Prince Olav Anders Baasmo Christiansen ½
Crown Princess Märtha Tuva Novotny ½
Curt Bräuer Karl Markovics
Anneliese Bräuer Katharina Schüttler
Guardsman Fredrik Seeberg Arthur Hakalahti
Diana Müller Juliane Köhler
Colonel Birger Eriksen Erik Hivju
Sergeant Brynjar Hammer Rolf Kristian Larsen
Peder Anker Wedel Jarlsberg Svein Tindberg

 

Review

During WWII, the Norwegian king found himself in a political dilemma of whether to continue resisting the German invasion or yield to their demands and surrender in order to ensure peace. It was a highly diplomatic situation and arguably the last time the king of Norway had any real political power. This film from Norwegian veteran director Erik Poppe (Hawaii, Oslo, De usynlige, A Thousand Times Good Night) gives an account of this situation, focusing on the conflict between the pragmatic king and the more emotionally driven Crown Prince Olav (later to become the very popular King Olav V). In fact, there's so much focus on and screentime given to the two monarchs that the film at times is bordering on chamber drama. Early on we're also presented with a panoramic view of 1940's Oslo, and there's a segment with a skirmish between German forces and Norwegian militia, but Poppe isn't able to give these glimpses of life in war-time Norway more than a digressional value. The result is that Kongens nei not by any means is a war film, it's a film about diplomacy and political decisions, and although the stakes are high, the film never is able to transcend the face value of these proceedings. Among several above-average performances, the best belongs to Karl Markovics as the German diplomat Curt Bräuer.

Copyright © 21.12.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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