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Hawaii, Oslo

4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of desperate people whose paths cross on the hottest day of the year in Oslo. Frode and Milla have their first child, but learn he will not live long without an expensive operation they cannot afford. Bobbie-Pop is a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. Leon is an institutionalized mental patient, who hopes to keep a 10-year-old date on his birthday with his teenage sweetheart. Leons brother, Trygve, gets a weekend leave from prison to be with Leon on his birthday, but plans on using the furlough to escape. Overseeing Leon and protecting him is his guardian angel Vidar, Leons best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone - except himself…

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...There is no other way to summarize this film but to say that it is indeed one of the best-produced Norwegian pictures in quite some time. ---Svet Atanasov, DVDTalk

[Hawaii, Oslo] reveals [Poppe] as a cinematic poet, creating a film full of both haunting and beautiful images where everything might not be as real as it seems. ---Gunnar Rehlin, Variety

WINNER of 2 Amanda Awards (Norwegian Oscars) - including, BEST FILM, BEST SCREENPLAY
Submitted by Norway to the Academy Awards, BEST FOREIGN FILM ---FilmMovement.com

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  • Actors: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Roise, Evy Elise Kasseth Rosten, Aksel Hennie, Stig Henrik Hoff
  • Directors: Erik Poppe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EGZ7WG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By now, most everyone has heard of the book or movie entitled 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey." This is a Norwegian movie much like that old story. I wasn't too impressed with the recent "Bridge" movie, but I really liked this Norwegian movie. It has a little bit of everything - humor, tear jerker, babies and two young boys, mystery, romance, family problems, and even mystical elements. The amazing thing is that they are all woven together with extremely unusual mastery for a movie. It even has a surprise ending that, even though you see it happen in the beginning of the movie, you don't realize it until the climax!

The production quality and the acting is every bit as well done as the best from Hollywood. I have over two thousand DVDs, mostly dealing with kids or movies I think kids should see, and this movie certainly comes in the top ten percent in story, production quality, acting, human interest, and just about every other category you can think of. The only bad language comes from a very hurt, angry boy of about twelve. The only drawback for many viewers is that it is subtitled; but if you are used to subtitles you'll hardly realize you are reading the dialogue. If you haven't experienced the amazing quality and stories of many foreign films, this one would be a great one with witch to begin watching them.
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Just finished this film and I must say I was quite impressed. There's no singular protagonist, it's one of those ensemble pieces in which all these various, seemingly disparate characters all tie together more and more throughout the film. An element of mysticism pervades the storyline, primarily through the character of Vidar who may not be what he seems. Is he an angel sent to earth to save Leon from himself? The film leaves that up to the audience, you be the judge.

The film starts off with Vidar who's a ward at a mental hospital, and it's his job to look after Leon. Leon's condition is never quite explained, but it's some type of severe angst, perhaps xenophobia, it's hard to say exactly what, all we know is that he fears people to a certain extent and deals with it by running away. Vidar has a dream in which Leon's killed after he escapes the mental hospital, so when he wakes up, he fears that it's real and does what he can to prevent it from happening.

Then we're introduced to two other characters who are having a baby, Frode and Milla, who were in Vidar's dream, but they're a real couple who have a newborn baby in the ambulance that Vidar sees killing Leon. After they arrive at the hospital, they receive the terrible news that their baby is born with a virtually inoperable heart condition, and the only place that can perform the surgery is a private clinic in the states. There's only one major snag, the operation costs $150,000, something which they can't afford. From there on out they struggle to come to terms with their predicament and go through various scenarios of how to best deal with their options.

After this we're introduced to a couple of brothers who are seemingly just juvenile delinquents that are spraying graffiti on walls around their block.
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Be ready to pay attention and think hard. This is a complex movie with many moving parts. If you pay attention, you will be rewarded. The acting is superb and the plot, with some twists, is riveting. A thoroughly enjoyable watch.
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This is a remarkably well constructed movie that is fascinating to watch yet somehow manages to fall flat. The many characters race constantly around Oslo on an atypically scorching summer day (nobody seems to walk there, regardless of the heat and sweat, or to drive slowly) on their various frantic individual quests, briefly intersecting or passing each other unknown and unknowing, until they all come together magically in the end.

As others have already said, there is much in this movie that is derivative of earlier movies, but a good movie does not have to be innovative. However, it does - for me - almost always have to make me care about the characters, and that is what this one failed almost completely to do.

I cared about only one of the dozen or so main characters scurrying and caroming around the city like pinballs, and he was the least frantic, the most unassuming of them all: little Magne, the younger (and quieter) of the younger pair of brothers, played with exquisite, tender understatement by Ferdinand Falsen Hiis.

Magne was like a small but solid rock in this swirling storm of a movie, and it would have been been crushed under the weight of its own overwrought melodrama without him. To use a contrasting metaphor, he is like the gravity that keeps the universe from spinning out into nothingness.

Erik Poppe gets one star for choreographing this frenetic dance, and Ferdinand Falsen Hiis gets two stars for holding it together just by being in it. He makes it worth watching. ALL the adults are just too frenzied to either believe or care about.
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For the people who do not know, Film Movement is independent movie company that brings compelling story from a different part of the world every month. I have seen many films from this company and so far have not been disappointed at all. "Hawaii, Oslo" movie is one of the best I have seen. It is a story of many people whose lives, actions and caring about each other intersects all their lives in a matter of a single day. We learn the fate of a young couple and their newly born son, destiny of two young boys without mother whose father dies, story about a mentally disabled man who under pressure and stress deals with it by running. In order to see how are they all connected with each other and how their actions aftect their seemingly unrelated lives, you must see this movie. Once you see it, you will be glad that you did. Definitely a great movie for people who do not mind wonderful foreign movies with subtitles.
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