I think film as art gets a bad rap sometimes.  Who cares if we don’t understand what’s happening?  How does it make us feel?  What do the underlying themes have to say about us?  That’s what’s really important, not this whole insistence on understanding exactly what happens and why.  Now there is a whole new chance for you to watch an artsy film from the Nordic regions.

Starting this September 2nd, now available on DVD from Miramax and Red Letter Entertainment comes a groundbreaking story of two friends in their early twenties and how they live their lives.  Reprise is ready to bring a new look at life into your living room and show you a fascinating vision of friendship and possibilities like nothing you’ve seen before.  Bring home this monumental film experiment today!

This postmodern film is the award winning Norwegian coming of age tale of two best friends with literary aspirations.  Philip and Erik submit their debut novels at the same time, but Philip’s is published to great acclaim while Erik’s is soundly rejected.  Philip falls in love with Kari, but the intensity of his feelings brings out his insanity.  He is sent off to a mental institution while Erik focuses on rewriting his book.  Philip gets out and finds his life still in shambles and unable to write.  Erik’s book is accepted and set to be published, although it is seen as an empty piece of fiction.  Friends fall in and out of love, Erik is dumped and Philip tries to get on with his life in this freeform, beautiful film.

The special features included on this DVD are a look into casting for this film, a featurette about shooting the sex scene between Philip and Kari, a selection of people saying “sorry” and several other interesting tidbits from the writing and making of this film.

This film is a masterpiece of modern cinema.  It is an elegant and deeply moving film about friendship and the plans we make inside ourselves.  It is freeform and amorphous at times, but coalesces at the points where it touches us most deeply.  As someone who appreciates literature, I like the undercurrent of literary striving and their devotion to that one special author in their lives.  The way that friendships are stretched in this film is so painful that the viewer can barely stand it.  People owe it to themselves to see this film which is one of the finest foreign films ever made.  As far as examples of the French New Wave go, this is perhaps the shining example.

You’ll want to catch this Reprise over and over again.

This DVD is available at

Nathaniel Jonet

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