Amatørene (2001)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Crime Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Norway  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Following up on his popular debut Junk Mail, Pal Sletaune spins this deadpan comedy about bullies and victims, fast food, and death metal. Jan Robert Skjaerstad is a nebbish blithely optimistic would-be lunch counter restaurateur fending off his sleazy landlord and his bullying passive-aggressive horror of a father. When he admits to his increasingly exasperated girlfriend that he used her life savings to fund improvements for his failing diner, she dumps him, leaving him to fend for himself against his venal father. Meanwhile, Bent (Bjorn Sundquist) is the harried drummer of Norway's hottest rock act -- the Ivar Mo Band. Bent's sole reason for existing is because of his tenuous relationship with Ivar Mo -- looking just like a mullet-headed burned-out rocker from a Behind the Music rerun (something that the loathsome star takes pleasure in reminding him of). After being humiliated after his wife decides to spend the night with Ivar rather than with him, Bent exacts revenge when his hired goons kidnap Ivar and deposit him in a remote woodland cabin. Unfortunately, the thugs then get into an ugly car accident and wind up in the hospital. When Jan discovers the bound and blindfolded rock star following an ill-fated suicide attempt, he decides to take his life into his hands -- he stashes Ivar in his car and demands a ransom. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.