Director: Maria Sødahl Run Time: 126 min. Language: Norwegian
Norway’s Official Submission for Best International Feature 93rd Academy Awards® Shortlisted
ANJA lives with TOMAS in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years the two adults have grown independent of each other, with creative jobs in parallel worlds. When Anja gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. Alone with her grief and her fears, Anja realizes that she needs Tomas’ full help and support. It’s their only chance. How else will their children find the strength once she is gone, if their parents are unable to weather the storm together? Anja and Tomas are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust, and eventually a joint struggle, to deal with this unexpected and premature death. By getting to know each other anew, they unconsciously become principal characters in a love story, finally learning to truly love each other after a long life spent together.
“Given the autobiographical nature of the piece, it’s bracing to see a life-or-death story handled with this combination of intimate emotion and stoic detachment. This plays right into Skarsgard’s wheelhouse, while Hovig gets to do most of the emoting.” ~ Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily
“Søhdal tenderly depicts a marriage that is indeed a strong partnership, with years of built-up intimacies, and yet also how that relationship can be stifling, in part because of gendered expectations.” ~ Alex Heeney, Seventh Row
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