Synopsis by Mark Deming
The memoirs of one of Norway's most popular authors, Odd Borresen, inspired this comedy-drama set in Olso during the late 1930s. Oddemann (Fredrik Stenberg Ditlev-Simonsen) is a young boy with a highly active imagination who is unusually conscious of the fact that he gets older every day, and he's not too happy with the prospect of someday becoming an adult. Oddemann and his pals observe the adults in the community from a distance as he tries to figure out what they do, and he keeps an eye peeled for Jesus, who is supposed to always be watching him. Oddemann and his older bother discover two adults whom they unreservedly admire, Nansen and Johansen, a pair of explorers traveling through the Arctic. The two brothers and a friend decide to stage an exploratory mission of their own, with disastrous results. De Jeg Traff Jesus ... Med Sprettert! was Norway's official entry for the 2000 Academy Awards Foreign Language Feature competition; its release title in English-speaking countries was Little Odd Man.