Hoevdingen (1984)

Run Time - 119 min.  |   Countries - Norway  |  
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

Terje Kristiansen wrote, directed, starred, and produced this run-of-the-mill tragi-comedy about Arne (Kristiansen) a twice-married, once-divorced father of various children who cannot adequately handle anything more serious than a hangnail. He is flummoxed by any real trouble at home or at work, he is out-to-sea in the realm of fatherhood, and he is in the habit of lying to his former wife when she comes around with too many demands. He finally commits an unforgivable act in the eyes of Eva his second wife (Kristiansen's real wife and co-producer, Vibeke Lökkeberg), and she walks out in a huff. That leaves him no alternative but to start a serious reformation project. Director Kristiansen might have been better served with a shorter film, and viewers should be advised that sexual encounters between Eva and Arne, real-life husband and wife, might require parental censorship.



family-responsibilities, reform [improve], separation