Friday, February 5, 2016

Cross My Heart and Hope to Die (1994)

The coming-of-age-genre is a difficult beast to tackle. While some such movies are made as safe and sound moral lectures, I often find they insult the audience's intelligence by being way too childish and on the nose, as if everyone watching were dumb kids who believe anything you throw at them. On the other side, part of the genre's appeal is providing a nostalgic remembrance of the naivete of youth, and nobody wants to watch a movie where children acts way too smart for their age.

However this Norwegian classic just manages to balance the line, by being both cute and juvenile, while at the same time being somewhat dark and out of place. It also includes some pretty great performances by Norways most prolific actors Bjørn Sundquist and Bjørn Floberg, in addition to a spellbinding soundtrack by A-HA keyboardist Magne Furuholmen (famed for the 80s hit Take on Me).

It turns out someone has actually uploaded the whole movie with English subtitles to youtube, so don't hesitate and watch it now, because it'll probably be taken down pretty soon.

EDIT: aaaaaaand it's gone.


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