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Sebastian

3.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product Description

Sebastian is a typical teenager. He hangs out with this friends, goes to the movies, buys hip clothes and attends school. Typical that is until a chance stolen kiss changes everything. Sebastian is just figuring out what almost everyone else around him already knows, he is gay. The kiss is between him and his best buddy Ulf and not only does it change everything it awakens passions that Sebastian never even knew he had. At first terrified, Sebastian slowly learns tha the lives in a wonderful world where his parents are accepting, his sister loves him for who he is and you never know.. Ulf may even want to try at that kiss again.....

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a pulpit where warmth and generosity between people is expounded in a joyful manner --Time Out, London

A wonderful, thoughtful drama --The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Helge Jordal, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Rebecka Hemse, Ewa Fröling, Eml Lönnr
  • Directors: Svend Wam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: WATER BEARER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RW5CCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Rolando A. Perez on March 6, 2008
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I guess I am the second person to review this movie, I have not read the other review, but I will rate this movie just bit higher than the other person.

This is a picture in the series of foreign films that deals with coming out of age as a gay teenager. Whether the movie is French, German, British, Irish, etc. it basically presents the pain and struggle of being gay. I have never seen a Norwegian movie before, but I find these types of films fascinating as not only does the movie shows the gay theme, but a tidbit of the society or culture. Being someone interested in different societies and having a degree in that field, I learned a lot about Norway by just watching this picture.

Sebastian is the main character, a member of among 5 kids living in a small town somewhere in Norway. Sebastian is beginning to realize that something is different. He is in love with his best friend, Ulf, a straight boy who dates one of the girls in that group of 5. There is one more girl, Lisbeth, Sebastian's ex-girl friend. There is one more boy, Janne.

Sebastian is a spunky kid, beautiful boy, with a saintly smile. He has long hair, neck length. He is very athletic, beefed up, just like Ulf. Ulf, the more masculine, shows that Viking look, the rough exterior. Both boys horse around a lot.

The parents of Sebastian are educated and well to do. Ulf comes from an impoverished home, with two sisters. He helps his mom with the chores and babysitting. There is an enormous contrast between both boys socially.

One very important point to bring out is the relationship between Sebastian and his mother. It is feisty and intelligent, the conversations are in a very authoritarian tone by both, but not disrespectful. The father takes a back role, but not totally gone.
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Sebastian is a 16 year old guy going through some tough times of thought. He spends his time alone in his room just thinking about life and what it all means. He is rather distant from his friends and from his parents, all of whom just want him to open up and be himself. He on the other hand just doesn't quite have enough confidence in their love to feel they can be trusted with the truth that is in his head alone. One day something happens that brings light and a moment of satisfaction to Sebastian and he steals a kiss from his best friend Ulf, who doesn't quite respond the way Sebastian hoped he would. All in all however it opens the door to trust and he finds the strength in himself to reveal his deepest thoughts and fear to his family and friends. As he allows those closest in his life to see who and what he really is, Sebastian also begins to see for the first time what love and friendship is all about, and that he is not as alone as he thought.
I liked this film. It centers around a Norweigan town and some of the scenery makes a nice backdrop for the film. English subtitles that are for the most part easy to follow. There are a few scenes that are not well lighted and could have been filmed a little better, but all in all a pretty good production and fun to watch. The acting is very good for most of the characters. This is a good film about self discovery and coming of age. It's light hearted and written in a way that you can feel the characters and the struggles they face in life. I recommend it to anyone who likes to watch coming of age films and can relate to the struggles of a teenaged boy trying to find himself and deal with his feelings of attraction for other boys.
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It's a pity this production focuses more effort is on hair and makeup for the two quite attractive young males than it does on telling anything resembling a coherent story. While narrative is generally a mess throughout, Sebastian's interchanges with his mother are especially nonsensical--or at least the subtitles make it seem so. Can the original Norwegian dialogue possibly be this braindead? It might be an interesting film school writing exercise to start afresh creating altogether new subtitles and see if there is a better story to be told with these images.
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By pscheck on February 16, 2016
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Generally, I liked the movie but was disappointed in its conclusion My POV is biased , but I felt the relationship was more real between them than Uli's relationship with Linda(?). The movie left no doubt as to the strong bond they had for each other and the suggestion, by Uli, that they should take a trip next year when he is financially able plus his reaction( (Uli) when Sebastian willing to accept him as a friend rather than something more intimate) on his face, clearly showed his feelings for Seb. Unfortunately, whenever there is a triangle in a gay themed film, the str8 guy always rejects the gay guy even though the str8 guy loves the gay character!
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Strange, but artistic coming of age movie about a young man and his relationships with his small group of friends and parents. As the only son, his mother and father treasures him. They want Sebastian to be a successful young man to one day marry and have children like all other young men they know. Sebastian, however, is innocent at an age in which he is trying to understand the difference between friendship and a sexual relationship. He has a female friend who he is fond of, but he also has a best friend who is an attractive guy. He doesn't quite understand how he feels or what he feels. He wants to be close to both of them, but also doesn't know how they would perceive him. There is a fine line that he doesn't know if he should cross or stay safe as he always have been. This is the last summer for them together before they go on different paths, so Sebastian must decide how far he wants to go in his exploration, and how will his parents perceive him based on his decisions and behaviors. The European flavor gives it a strange taste, but this movie is very artistically presented.
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