The Other Side of Sunday (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Norway  |  
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The journey of a young girl into womanhood is complicated by her clergyman father's strict expectations in this Oscar-nominated black comedy from Norway, based on the popular novel Sunday. Marie Theisen stars as Maria, a 16-year-old girl in a small, conservative town in 1959 Norway who is the daughter of Johannes (Bjorn Sundquist), the local minister. Bored by her father's pedantic sermons, Maria begins fantasizing about the secular world that she can never really join as long as she's under her father's autocratic power. She finds an unlikely ally in Mrs. Tunheim (Hidegunn Riise), her church's lonely organist, who encourages the girl in acts of tacit rebellion. Periods, hickeys, condoms, the sexual content of the Bible's "Song of Solomon," and even the attractiveness of her father become issues of fascination for the reclusive Maria.



girl, sexual-awakening, coming-of-age, teenagers, priest