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Homesick

Norway 2015
produced by
Synnøve Hørsdal, Åshild Ariane Ramborg for Maipo Film
directed by Anne Sewitsky
starring Ine Marie Wilmann, Simon J. Berger, Anneke von der Lippe, Silje Storstein, Oddgeir Thune, Kari Onstad Winge, Terje Strømdahl, Ida Marianne Vassbotn Klasson, Oscar Ducasse, Arturo Tovar, Anna Dworak, Hans Rønningen, Even Nyhoff, Gabriel Eckhoff Bech, Maren Edgehill, Mina F. Fevang, Vilde Hetland, Ylvali Kise, Hedda Lauritzen, Thelma Farnes Ottersen, Malin Holmgren Pedersen, Silje Steensen, Kristina Storvoll, Julie Vinjum
written by Ragnhild Tronvoll, Anne Sewitsky, music by Ginge Anvik

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Young dance instructor Charlotte (Ine Marie Wilmann) has learned that her halfbrother Henrik (Simon J. Berger) has moved to her hometown, so of course she's curious - but when he finds out she's sneaking around his house, just to find out more about him, he's furious and visits her at work to tell her off, much to her dismay. But when she makes a more formal approach and introduces herself properly, she finds him in a much better mood, and he actually invites him to his and his wife's (Ida Marianne Vassbotn Klasson) home for a nice chat - during which she finds out that he harbours a grudge towards their mother (Anneke von der Lippe), who according to him has abandoned him to start a new family (of course, her mother has told her the story a little differently). However, Charlotte and Henrik remain on good terms and go out together. Problem is, because they have no memories, no history together, they have developed no brotherly/sisterly feelings towards one another but feel very drawn to one another, also and especially sexually - and eventually they cross this line. Now that's bad enough, made even worse by the fact that he's married with child (Oscar Ducasse) and she's in a relationship with a musician currently on tour (Oddgeir Thune). But things really come to a head when he breaks up with is wife and, together with his son, moves in with Charlotte ...

 

Of course the incest theme of this movie is going to ruffle at least some people's feathers, and even if for all the right reasons, one ought to give this movie a chance, as it's far from being a sensationalist or speculative depiction of the subject but instead tells its story very subtly, with much compassion and without any finger-pointing or trying to send any message. In fact, despite its subject matter, the film feels very grounded and real, thanks to a multi-layered script, relatable characters and a strong cast, with lead Ine Marie Wilmann delivering an expecially strong performance. In all, a film that's definitely worth a look or two.

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