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Norwegian Dream

Norway / Poland / Germany 2023
produced by
Håvard Wettland Gossé, Anna Rozalska (executive), Tarik Hachoud (executive) for True Colours Glorious Films, Spætt Film, Solo Film, Riva Film, Match&Spark
directed by Leiv Igor Devold
starring Hubert Milkowski, Karl Bekele Steinland, Edyta Torhan, Øyvind Brandtzæg, Jakub Sierenberg, Izabella Dudziak, Simonas Dovidauskas, Piotr Czarniecki, Jakub Nosiadek, Hanna Klepacka, Berit Rusten, Grzegorz Kozlowski, Natalie Bjerke Roland, Carl Martin Eggesbø, Anna Gebhardt, Hanna Gebhardt, Hans Petter Nilsen, Marianne Meløy, Katarzyna Wieczorek, Even Wettland Gossé, Allan Fallrø, Kristine Anstad Arntsen
written by Justyna Bilik, co-written by Gjermund Gisvold, Radoslaw Paczocha, music by Florian Tessloff

review by
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Young Robert's (Hubert Milkowski) an immigrant from Poland who has found work in a Norwegian fish factory - anything but a dream job of course, but the pay's decent, and there's boarding house run by a Polish woman where many other immigrants from Poland are staying, who also work at the factory - so he's quickly integrated into the company. However, he soon feels strangely attracted to Ivar (Karl Bekele Steinland), the somewhat cocky adopted son of factory owner Bjorn (Øyvind Brandtzæg) - and vice versa, as when Ivar learns Robert needs some money, he invites him to DJ for him at a dance performance he's giving at a fashion store. But he fails to tell Robert it's actually a drag show in a store for flamboyant to glaring fashion, he pretty much makes a getaway. He only later tries to make up, but at first Ivar is little interested, until Robert confesses to him he's afraid to come out of the closet as gay as he's beaten up in his home country because of being a homosexual. So the two start a secret affair together. Then Robert's mother (Edita Torhan) stops by though as she has run into financial troubles in Poland and now needs a job in Norway to make enough money to get back on her feet. Now Robert's not too happy about it, but he gives her abode, even if that gets him into trouble with his landlady, who now asks him to pay double. Problem is, soon after that the extra pay at the company gets cut, and the workers are thinking about unionizing and striking - and Robert's all for the cause, and even Ivar, always on the rebellish side against his father, joins the picketeers. But then Robert's mum gets into trouble at her work, and suddenly Robert finds himself needing work and needing it fast ...

 

The combination of a gay romance and a labour drama actually works surprisingly well in this case, as a clever script that effectively interlinks the two topics and makes each affect the other. On top of that, the film manages to show the labour conditions in the factory without only going the downbeat drama route, and even injects some slight humour into the mix every now and again while making excellent use of its somewhat moody Norwegian locations. And a very able cast helps to rather expertly bring the story to live without going full melodrama - all of which is making this a pretty worthwhile watch.

 

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