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Anti-war film from Norwegian war history

“Into the White” tells a good story. Not to mention true. At least it’s inspired by hard facts. On April 27 1940, while the British and Germans fight along the Norwegian coast, a German and a British plane shoot each other down over Grotli in Oppland. Three German and two British soldiers survive in each of their own aircrafts.

There is a full blizzard on the mountain and the guys have to seek shelter. Incidentally, they arrive at the same cabin at approximately the same time. They agree to share it, but the Germans have weapons and thus the power. For as long as it lasts.

However, by the end, the struggle for survival becomes more important than politics and animosity.

Petter Næss has made a thought-provoking and powerful drama with the help from Danish production company Zentropa. It is not told with large gestures and loud bangs, here it is the interaction between people that is the driving force. There is also room for humor.

The cabin on the mountain is a microcosms, where the stupidity of the war is made visible. The similarities are greater than the differences when politics is peeled away in the struggle for survival.

This is a war film without the traditional hero and enemy images. Thus, it gives us more to think about.

An exciting team of actors has been assembled in the Norwegian mountains to make a feature film out of the war history. German Florian Lukas and British Lachlan Nieber are pilots Horst Schopis and Charles P. Davenport respectively, and do it with confidence and style.

Horst, which was also the pilots name in real life, was there to shape the character through talks with the actor and director. He didn’t get to see the film himself. Horst died last fall, 99 years old.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint does a good job in an adult-film debut as the rebellious and big-mouthed Robert Smith, gunner in the British plane. Stig Henrik Hoff debuts as a German, something that he does okay.

The film is well made. The fact that the script is based on facts adds an extra dimension.

Translated by Malene.


Original article found here: oblad.no | March 7, 2012

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