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Lange Flate Ballær (2006)

Director:
Bjørn Fast Nagell
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Comedy/Sports
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Hustle & Flow
RUNNING TIME
97 minutes
Producer:
Harald Zwart
Screenwriter:
Pål Sparre-Enger


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Edgar Jan Edgar Fjell
Petter Petter Jørgensen
Øyvind Anders Fjell
Karsten Eirik Tobiassen
Kai Kai Helge Hansen
Helge Henrik Morken Nielsen
Freddy Frode Lie
Klaus Bittman Roman Roth
Øyvinds mor Vivi Haug
Anne Mona Solhaug

 

Review

The revival of football (Americans, read: Soccer) films in latter years - both from Europe (with films like Goal) and the States (Kicking and Screaming) - has arguably brought the sport to a wider and less likely audience. The same will probably be the effect of Norwegian film's contribution to the game: Bjørn Fast Nagell/Harald Zwart's comedy Lange Flate Ballær. The film takes the point of view of the supporters as the Norwegian national team qualify for the World Cup in Germany and then progresses into the final rounds. Zwart's film is both ambitious and unambitious at the same time. The first through some not unconsiderable world cup simulations, the latter through the completely over-the-top script by Pål Sparre-Enger. Because the biggest problem with Lange Flate Ballær is the shamelessly unrealistic and largely stupid script. Under other, and very considerate circumstances, I could have almost bought the romantic fantasy of Norway winning the World Cup, but the way it is presented here, with the Norwegian national coach, Åge Hareide, ensuring victory in the final by taking tips from the supporters, is ridicule at its best - or worst - depending on how you see it. Sure, this is a comedy, and Zwart gets some good laughs solemnly through his name and position, such as Jose Morinho's cameo at the end, and Ari Behn having some fun on behalf of his own celebrity persona, but mostly the film overhits, gets too loud and overwheliming. "Less is more" is a line I find is appropriate more often than not in film, and Zwart should have taken notice of it here.

Copyright © 27.8.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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