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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.Read more ›
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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