A dreamlike reminiscence of the lives of two damaged outlaw souls, with echoes of Badlands, Bonnie and Clyde and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, Åsmund Kjos Fjell
Åsmund Høeg, Filip Berg, Benjamin Helstad
Norway 2021. 79min
With English subtitles
Violent drifter Mikael passes the young, impressionable Johannes on the road and offers him a lift in his stolen car. They soon make a master-apprentice connection; maybe something deeper. Living outside of the law in 1920s Norway, it’s a hardscrabble life for them. Captivated by the older man, but nursing a secret tragedy, Johannes isn’t really cut out for the brutality that comes so easily to Mikael. Inspired by true events, writer-director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken creates an immersive, free-flowing, mosaic-like narrative, where sequences cross backwards and forwards over time; moments of graphic violence are interspersed with those of contemplative travelogue; handheld camerawork and deep focus cinematography create a golden image of the past punctuated with urgency and chaos. Joyous, tragic and truly beautiful.
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