For the furriners among my readership, such as it is, a brief FYI … this movie is a biopic of one of the biggest heroes of the Norwegian resistance movement during WW2. He was involved in a lot of anti-Nazi activities and propaganda. He's dead now, but he wrote his autobiography, which is in part what this movie is based on. But his wife and one of his friends in the resistance are still alive, and they've been a big help to the screenwriter, Thomas Nordseth-Tiller, who's been working on this script for several years. Manus was an exceptionally gifted saboteur, this movie is one of the biggest productions in Norwegian history – perhaps the biggest, I don't know for sure – and I think, I hope, I believe that the movie is going to be a fantastic experience. ;-) It's gotten mostly very good reviews. I'm sure it's going to sell a hell of a lot of tickets … and not even 'considering it’s a Norwegian movie'.
At the first annual :-D BookFest in the Opera House back in September (which I still haven't gotten around to blogging about) I attended a … seminar, or whatever they were calling it, with Nordseth-Tiller and Arnfinn Moland, head of the Home Front Museum, who discussed the movie, the story and the history behind it, and also showed some clips. These weren't properly edited yet, but they looked fantastic anyway. I had already been looking forward to the movie, very much so, but after this event I was like … woot!! Bring it on!! :-D
From the BookFest seminar (Nordseth-Tiller seated center):
The National Theater station ...
There are still many who remember a different Norway.
A Nazi dictatorship.
The choices you made could mean life or death.
Some Norwegians refused to submit.
They risked everything for a free Norway.
One of them was Max Manus.
This is his story.
The last line, covered by some youtube thingies: Because I know that we're going to win.
Update an hour later: Anne Ida and I are going to see it on Monday. She already bought the tickets. :-D