Flukt [Escape] (2012)

Director: Roar Uthaug
Writer: Thomas Moldestad
Cast: Isabel Christine Andreasen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Milla Olin, Kristian Espedal, Tobias Santelmann, Bjørn Moan, Hallvard Holmen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

After the black plague has ravaged the lands, Signe (Isabel Christine Andreasen) and her family are moving about, trying to find a new life – until they are caught by robbers, led by Dagmar (I who take Signe with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal). They take Signe hostage because Dagmar’s daughter Frigg (Milla Olin) would like a sibling and Dagmar can’t have children anymore. But it turns out that Frigg isn’t actually Dagmar’s daughter. Instead she sees a possibility for escape in Signe and together the two girls actually manage that. But Dagmar won’t give them up easily.

Flukt is an excellent, atmospheric film that, despite its not at all surprising story draws you in and won’t let go of your attention until it’s done.

I can’t even tell you how much I enjoyed the story. Despite the fact that you know pretty much exactly where things are headed and how everything will end, the fact alone that you got a medieval story about women and neither of the three is a damsel in distress, instead they’re all quite capable of defending themselves (which, admittedly, gets rather unrealistic for Signe towards the end, but I didn’t mind), that alone is enough to make me very happy.

And on top of that it’s a story about motherhood and taking responsibility for somebody else – and the film doesn’t just assume that that’s an inborn thing for women. Instead it provides all of them with reasons and motivations. You know, as scripts usually do for men, when they want to explain them being fatherly.

But even aside from the gender politics that I enjoyed, the film is really good. The cast is amazing, especially Isabel Christine Andreasen who is still very young and actually made her debut in this film blew my mind – who knows what she’s capable of when she’s grown and has more experience whe she’s already that good.

It’s beautifully shot (and they obviously had an excellent location scout) and the soundtrack is really good, if a smidge over-dramatic at times. I could have done with a little less crescendo. The sound generally was a little loud and obtrusive at times. But it wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the movie any less.

Summarising: Definitely and wholeheartedly recommended.


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