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A Somewhat Gentle Man: Film Festival


A Somewhat Gentle Man

En ganske snill mann, Norway 2009, 111m
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Festivals: Berlin 2010

Dry Nordic humour is at its most diabolically deadpan in this cool comedy thriller that pitches an ex-con aiming to lead a quiet, simple life into a deadbeat world determined to thwart his every effort. - SR. "With its off-the-wall-and-well-out-the-door humor, flashes of violence and broad-brushed, quirky personalities, the picture feels almost like an homage to older Coen brothers movies...

At the same time, the characters' distinctive genial gruffness and adherence to bourgeois propriety even in the shabbiest circumstances, and the underplayed comedy throughout, mark the sensibility as distinctly Scandinavian." - Leslie Felperin, Variety. "Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård are a match made in cinema heaven... They achieve a cool, deceptively simple minimalism which is both perfectly timed and brilliantly pared-down... Chaplin would have embraced it." - Howard Feinstein, Screendaily

In Norwegian, Swedish, Sami and Polish, with English subtitles


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