WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY ? (2018)

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A film by Iram Haq

Cast: Maria MozhdahAdil HussainEkavali Khanna

Sixteen years old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) is your typical teenager in Norway, she is sneaking out of her parent’s apartment coming back from partying with her friends where her father had no idea about it, until one night he finds her in her room with a boy and her destiny will change forever.

Here is this great biographical film from Haq. Nisha is always careful to return before her father’s regular night-time checks on his children. Nisha here so her family thinks is a good girl. But Nisha  lives a double life.  We are in Norway where there are a community of Pakistanis. Her father may be more liberal than her mother, but woman in this culture are told what to do and how they should conduct themselves. When the incident happens social services step in to protect the child and to have her version of the incident. But Nisha refuses. Her family is going to take some serious measures to sent her straight and will change her life for ever. The thing is what people will say that is what the Nisha’s parent cares about. She is born in Norway, she is a free woman to do what she wants and study and work plus marry who she wants. But the community of Pakistanis does not like what Nisha is doing (rebelling against her parents). In this community people talk and Nisha’s parents wants the rumours to stop so they are going to do what ever it takes and you will not believe it. 

Here is a powerful message with an emotional roller coaster type film that will make you think of what is going on in this world and why some culture can not seems to move forward. Tradition are tradition. Pakistan (The set of Pakistan was shoot in India, the director felt it was more safe to shoot in India and the film industry was much advanced in India), here is filmed at its rawest form, in the day time it is live and the street are full of people and the night is dark sometimes darker but not too many people on the street. Even thought this family is in Norway tradition from their country should be respected. That were they are wrong. Nisha is born in a free country to which she can go out with whom she pleases even party with her friends but because her family is so stuck on tradition and what will people say in their little community of Pakistanis. So they force her to become what she does not want to become. Here is a story that needed to be told and my hats go out to the director Iram Haq for surviving it and telling it as honestly as she could.

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THELMA (2017)

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A film by Joachim Trier

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen

A young student in Norway discovers falling in love which it is going to cause her seizures or maybe…..

The opening scene here in this film is a bit unnerving as you see a man and his young daughter hunting in the forest. When the father takes aim at a deer standing in the distance, the daughter is so taken by it when her father turns to point the rifle at the back of her head. Its effect spills over into the rest of the film, creating a hall of suspense.

The film jumps into the future a young woman now she is going to the University ti study biology. Soon after an other young woman sits by her then suddenly Thelma hand is shaking and birds are hitting the window which cause her to have a seizure. The doctor is trying to find out what she has. As the story goes along Thelma is drawn to an other human being that is going to put sin question her belief in god since she has been raised a christian. You sense that Thelma was raised in isolation and is just making friends which is a little weird to her at first. As she is trying to find out more about herself things are starting to happen.

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Joachim Trier wrote this coming of age story like a fable/ horror . As she fall in love her psychological situation deteriorates. The seizures get stronger, more violent. Trier keeps the film firmly in Thelma’s point of view. Something will not be clear for some people throughout the flashback or even the present scenes. Not too worry at the end it all comes together. Remembering the look on her father’s face when he hold the gun to her back of her head was just religious paranoia or he was scared of what she might become. 

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OSLO AUGUST 31 (2011)

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A film by   Joachim Trier

Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava

One day in a life of Anders a recovering addict 2 weeks in who is getting a leave from his treatment center to go to an interview for a job and to catch up with friends in Oslo.

Here is a great film. Here is a young man who is a drug and alcohol addict who gets out of his treatment center for a job interview. Here is a simple story from Joachim Trier which is inspired by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle’s novel Le Feu Follet.” Anders goes back to see a friend as he enters his house you can see the awkwardness setting in as they talk about the old time and how they are proud of him for getting clean. You can sense that his friend could of hit bottom like Anders in the old days as he said I have my wife and kid now who keeps me busy all day. When he goes to the park his friend Thomas says ti him that his life with his wife and kid is not what it seems. Basically don’t do it he says to him. those scenes are priceless with those 2 great actors. He goes to the interview and should have bee making peace with what he was before. He tries to see a friend a girl that he connected before his ex but that didn’t work to well so he goes to a party and temptation of alcohol and drugs are there. As the story goes along you see that Anders is lonely and loneliness can lead to other things. Oslo  august  31 presents us the frustration; anxiety, frustration, of a drug addict into recovery. I must say the only addiction I have is watching too much movie and series. That is healthy to me so far. An other great film by Joachim Trier.

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HEADHUNTERS (2011)

A film by Morten Tyldum.
Cast: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Unlike too many thrillers that depend on stunts, special effects and the Queasy-Cam, this one devises a plot where it matters what happens.
Why is Scandinavia has produce such good thrillers. Maybe they can’t use CGI because it is expensive those days so the rely on good old fashion work. Roger Brown, who is an executive headhunter. While interviewing job candidates, he learns information that’s invaluable in his second job, as an art thief. He needs the money and tells us why: He’s aware that he stands 5-foot-6 and is married to Diana, a statuesque blond. On her he lavishes expensive gifts and a luxurious lifestyle and even sets her up with her own art gallery. He doesn’t believe she could love him for himself. Brown ( Akksel Hennie) is a cool dude who has nerve of steal and get in people houses to steal their arts and replace them with fake ones. Then comes in Clas Greve (Nikolaj Costner-Waldau) (Games of Thrones) who is at the gallery show where Brown’s wife is trying to sell her art. He is from an other firm and looking to get a position as The new president of Pathfinder. So Brown invites him to linch to find out more about him as he is talking to him, he finds out that he has a painting worth abou 100 millions Krones about 14 millions dollars. That would set him up good. As soon as he steal the Painting before he gets out of the house he call his wife to feel her maybe having a kid is not a bad ideas while the phone rings he finds something. And from there on his life is going down to hell.
Headhunters who opens up into a long punishing chase across Norway in a series of disastrous situation. Brown is a resource man who can take some quick decision in order to survive. Great film I love this one I am going to find more Thriller from Norway I have seen some of them already and I find them interesting to watch.