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The Other Side of Sunday-Movie Review 11/01/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Based on a novel, Dark Comedy, Drama, Norwegian language film.

The Other Side of Sunday (Norwegian) 1996
Søndagsengler (Sunday Angels)

Winner, Best Actress (Marie Theisen) Tokyo International Film Festival
Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards

Based on the novel Sunday by Reidun Nortvedt
Directed by Berit Nesheim
Starring Marie Theisen and Bjørn Sundquist

A darkly comic tale about Maria (Theisen), a teenage girl growing up in Norway in the late 1950s. Maria lives in a repressive household strictly governed by her vicar-father. Since her mother is sickly and often absent, Maria strikes up a friendship with Mrs. Tunheim, a volunteer at the church.

Maria is dealing with growing doubts about the existence of God as well as her desire to fit in with the cool kids. Mrs. Tunheim secretly encourages Maria’s developing sexuality and sense of freedom by giving her a pair of earrings and showing her how to wear lipstick. Unfortunately, as Maria finds out, Mrs. Tunheim is not happy and free in her own life.

My favorite quote from the subtitles is Maria’s expletive: “Dog darn it!” which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue in English, but does reflect Maria’s personality.

103 min. Rated PG-13.


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