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Mongoland (2001)

Director:
Arild Østin Ommundsen
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Mongoland
RUNNING TIME
80 minutes
Producer:
Ingrid Festøy Ottesen
Screenwriters:
Gro Elin Hjelle
Eigil Kvie Jansen
Arild Østin Ommundsen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Pia Pia Tjelta ½
Kristoffer Kristoffer Joner ½
Vegar Vegar Hoel
Wayne Reidar Ewing ½
Gaute Gaute Garlid
Stian Stian Kristiansen ½
Taxisjåfør Terje Torkildsen ½

 

Review

Semi-idealistic low-key comedy with an all too familiar ambition of being different and clever (for lack of ability to excel in the technical areas). In the end, Mongoland isn't that different or clever, but what it does have is a clumsy, inexperienced charm and a handful of quite funny scenes (including a segment involving a few cold beers and a hollow baseball bat). Kristoffer Joner and Pia Tjelta are the unremarkable 20-something couple whose personal identity struggles have separated them for the last half a year. They are the film's strongest card (largely helped by Joner's brilliant Christopher Walken impersonation), even if the script ultimately has little to say about them. First-time director Arild Østin Ommundsen shoots deliberately grainy images on an obviously small budget, something which gives Mongoland an immediate feel in a few of the crisper written scenes. As a whole, however, the narrative feels staged and stilted with unimpressive sub-plots such as the annoying Wayne/Ford Mustang story or the over-emphasized sexless relationship between Vegar and Silje; the lack of debth shines through a bit too apparently.

Copyright © 2.4.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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