Hawaii, Oslo

Hawaii, Oslo

Streaming Video - 2004 | Norwegian
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Five interwoven love stories, where everyone is running from something, searching for something, or dreaming of something else.
Publisher: [United States]: Film Movement , 2004
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 124 min.)) : sd., col
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Jun 09, 2018

Erik Poppe has done it! He's made a select group of directors that are totally unique in their "badness." (Ed Wood / Phil Tucker) and he's Scandinavian too!!!
It's got it all - ludicrous plot, total mish-mash of one shot scenes, the woodenest acting imaginable, and (of course) gobs and gobs of sub dime-store angst.
Was it an accident that the retarded brothers were facsimiles of known performers - "Leon" a composite of Sid Vicious/Gord Downie and "Trygve", a Steve Buscemi look-alike? Brilliant casting!?! Need I mention the two brats - one whose script line is to scream the f word as many times as possible with absolutely no conviction.
My choice for the best "bad" movie of the new Millennium. Yes, even better than the Yankee "Exploding Girl" or the Japanese "The Clone Returns Home".

Jan 28, 2018

Well constructed movie with four intersecting lives.

Jan 27, 2015

What Erik Poppe’s multi-character ensemble piece lacks in discipline it more than makes up for in presentation. On the mean streets of Oslo during the hottest day of the year we are introduced to a handful of strangers, among them a couple whose newborn son is dying, an ambulance attendant who becomes obsessed with a suicidal woman, a pair of young delinquents on the run, a violent convict, and an institutionalized young man still obsessed with his childhood sweetheart. Each character is desperately grasping at a personal dream which hovers just beyond their reach, much like the tropical images that seem to adorn every wall. Tying the individual stories together are an enigmatic newspaper girl and Vidar, a counsellor-cum-guardian angel who tries to use his sleep-induced visions of the future to nudge each person in the proper direction. In the course of a single night some dreams will be realized while others will be lost forever, and redemption will come in the form of one final sacrifice. With its suspiciously convenient coincidences and heavy angelic symbolism there is certainly enough to criticize here. Furthermore, as a narrative bridge between the separate tales Vidar and the young girl prove to be a rather ponderous plot device at times rendering some of the dramatic links weak and contrived. So why can’t I simply dismiss it as nothing more than a Scandinavian version of Touched By An Angel? First off the cast is magnificent; there is a synergy between them that results in performances that are both natural and engrossing. Secondly, the script manages to avoid most of the saccharine pitfalls one would expect and instead delivers a well-paced and captivating composite of lives in chaos. And finally, the spare soundtrack of strings and piano chords compliments the film’s low-keyed delivery perfectly. A deeply felt work which must be taken at face value.

Apr 02, 2013

This is an interesting film from Norway, a human drama of several people crossing their paths. These people come from very different background and most have their share of large problems. It is a film of little action and no sex, but gets my attention as I care about the characters. Recommended but you have to know you are heading to an arthouse piece.


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