du ikke hva jeg sier! (1995)
up and listen!
Petter J. Borgli
Lars Saabye Christensen
Erik Gustavson's third
film in five years starring Bjørn Floberg is also the weakest. The
premise seems creative at first glance, as Gustavson yet again teams up
with Norwegian success author Lars Saabye Christensen and writes about
stand-up comedy, open relationships and old vs. new show-biz values. The
discussions should be interesting enough, but Gustavson hasn't got all
that much to say. The funny bits in Hører du ikke hva jeg sier!
is rarely down to the writing, but rather stems from Gustavson's
creative and technically brilliant camera work as well as some great
characterizations - especially from Keve Hjelm. The romance between
Floberg and Holmen is predictable in all its unconventionality, but the
two manage to convey some touching moments. When it comes to the acting,
Holmen is the better one, giving a heartfelt performance, whereas
Floberg lacks edge in his character developments. Hører du ikke hva
jeg sier! is an unusual but unremarkable film which should be
amusing for mature audiences.