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Guys on cabin excursion




A German and a British plane shoot each other down in the middle of the Norwegian mountains in a terrible blizzard. There’s your starting point.

Three German soldiers fight their way through to a little hunting cabin several miles from the nearest civilization, but are quickly surprised by uninvited guests in the form of two British soldiers. After the immediate frictions and hostilities between the two crews, a warm friendship and cooperation to survive the nasty Norwegian winter begins.

Into the White” is a very good film, or at least it becomes one eventually. The story is based on a true story and director Petter Næss has gathered a handful of international acting talents to bring these characters to life, including “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint. And it works very well.

In order for this film to be successful there is one thing that needs to work above all other things: the interaction between the actors/characters. Here, the film succeeds to the tee. All the characters are carefully nuanced and played with warmth and depth by the talented actors. Rupert Grint stands out with his rebellious and cheeky Liverpool gunner, together with our own Stig Henrik Hoff as the little talkative German, Strunk. The relationship between the two is perhaps the best thing about the entire film.

But one thing must be said: It is hard to really believe that Stig Henrik is German with the broad Norwegian-German that he demonstrates throughout the film. Thankfully, he covers this with his interesting and somewhat mysterious character. All the actors are able to create human and deep characters with their own distinct story and background. Petter Næss does a good job on the directing side of things and tells the story tightly and efficiently, without being derailed from that which is in focus: The collaboration for survival.

However, it does not begin that well. During the less than spectacular plane crash scene, and the long walk up to the cabin for the Germans, the film is given a far too slow and boring pace. It becomes a bit much, and the characters aren’t built up enough in the beginning for us to have compassion for those that tread through several thousand meters of snow. The plane crash is only shown through the shadows on the snow, apparently to save on the budget. Cleverly done, but it makes the film seem a bit inadequate.

However, when the British soldiers show up on the doorstep, the film rises a couple of degrees. We become witnesses to a war in miniature, between the Germans and the Brits. A war that is forgotten when the struggle for survival sets in. The film is very well done technically and offers a lot of beautiful shots of the Norwegian mountains. It’s a good piece of cinematic craftsmanship that we’re presented with from Petter Næss & co.

The film is not a war film, which might have been the impression beforehand. This is a warm drama film which is set against the Second World War, and offers very little action. On the other hand, what you do get, is a film packed with warmth, excitement and story-telling. And that’s quite alright. “Into the White” delivers.

Translated by Malene.


Original article found here: filmsnakk.com | March 7, 2012

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