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Petter Næss has made a war film without heroes and bad guys.

A German and a British plane shoot each other down in the Norwegian mountains during the Second World War. The three German and two British soldiers end up in the same hunting cabin where they seek shelter from a blizzard. In order to survive, they have to work together.

“Into the White” is a war film with a slightly different angle than most other films in the genre. Here there are no bad guys and no heroes – just five men who do their best to survive.

The development between the soldiers in the cabin is exciting to follow. In the beginning they act like enemies despite of everything, but they quickly realize that it’s useless to fight against each other. Næss has built up the film in a leisurely pace, but without getting boring. The dialogue works well and the characters are believable and played by talented actors.

It’s good that the film isn’t as black and white as many other war films. Even though we meet two opposing parties, the audience does not need to choose sides. We cheer for both teams and are sympathetic with one side in one moment, and with the other side in the next.

The cold surroundings on the mountain is transferred to the theatre and you get chilly when seeing the images of swirling snow and red cheeks. The film is also full of beautiful nature images that will make even the most urban audience long for the mountains.

The fact that the story is inspired by real events makes it even more interesting. And it’s not difficult to feel sympathy for the characters who desperately try to find food and warmth in an empty cabin. The mixture between paranoia and survival instincts rubs off on the audience who are therefore drawn into the film in a good way.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: | March 7, 2012

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