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Great chamber play

The Norwegian film ”Into the White” offers chamber play of a certain class between Norwegian, German and British actors.

Two planes battle it out over the Norwegian mountains. A British fighter plane and a German bomber shoot each other down and both land in a white and cold Arctic. They are left without food and heat and all the survivors, three Germans and two Brits, find the same cabin. Instead of fighting, they decide to try and survive together. This leads to many challenges, and not least power struggles and discussions about the events of the war.

The shooting down of the planes and the crash landings themselves are done in the cheapest way possible, only the soundtrack and some shadows suggest that a battle is ongoing. But the battles are not the point of the film. It is the meeting between the five men in the cabin on top of the mountain that forms the core of the film.

Good actors make this a great movie experience:

Lieutenant Horst Schopis is played by Florian Lukas and he is one of Germany’s most acclaimed actors. Norwegian Stig Henrik Hoff, last seen in the American “The Thing”, plays the German Sergeant Wolfgang Strunker, and he seems to be having great fun in the role.

The young Corporal Schwarz is played by David Kross, known from “The Reader”, while Captain P. Davenport is played by Lachlan Nieboer, known from the award-winning science fiction series “Torchwood”. The icing on the cake is perhaps the fact that Private Robert Smith is played by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.

Now it has to be said that it’s mostly fun that Grint is in the film, he is not the one who provides the greatest acting performance.

Initially, the film limps a little; it takes a while before the setting of the cabin sticks.

Thus, the film can be perceived in the same way as a concert, it takes a while before the band members are warmed up. As soon as the actors have warmed up it becomes an intense and interesting drama which shows deeper aspects of the people, that they’re not only British and Nazis, but people with dreams, hopes and weaknesses.

Director Petter Næss has managed to make a film with nerve, which is well worth seeing.

The film is also based on a true story.

Translation by Malene.

Original article found here: Hamar Arbeiderblad | March 8, 2012

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