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Sebastian (1995)

Director:
Svend Wam

COUNTRY
Norway/Sweden

Genre
Drama

AKA
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RUNNING TIME
88 minutes

Producer:
Petter Vennerød
Screenwriter:
Svend Wam

Based on the novel "Svart Kayal" by:
Per Knutsen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sebastian Hampus Björk ½
Ulf Nicolai Cleve Broch
Mamma Ewa Fröling -
Pappa Helge Jordal
Lisbeth Rebecka Hemse -
Linda Lena Olander -

 

Review

This teen drama about a 17-year-old gay kid and his quest to find himself is a thematically interesting but narratively unremarkable film from Wam & Vennerød – incidentally their final collaboration. The combination of Swedish and Norwegian language comes off as affected, and large portions of the dialogue is clumsily written and delivered. And so despite the interesting thematical foundation, a rather engaging lead performance by Hampus Björk, and some delightful music and cinematography, the pure narrative elements of the picture are lagging at best and downright ineffective at worst. The problem is bad craftsmanship more than anything else. Helge Jordal, who was so forceful in Orions belte, is cringeworthy with his horrid Swedish/Norwegian accent in the part as Sebastian's father.

Copyright © 01.05.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: © 10.05.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)