Den brysomme mannen (2006)
Nominated for the ACID award in Cannes 2006, this satire has a universal appeal and an art house tone. With its polished, conspicuous set design backboning the cold and observing (at times voyeuring) approach, the film is both un-Norwegian and arch-Norwegian at the same time. Technically and thematically, Den brysomme mannen is impressive and highly interesting. But there's something complacent and predisposed about the screenplay and much of the social satire it contains. We realize what the filmmakers want to say long before they get around to saying it, thus making the final part of the film more of a formality than an intriguing investigation of a mystery. Den brysomme mannen remains detached and aloof - never really allowing the viewer to get under its skin to probe the many amusing and interesting comments it has to make.