The Almost Man
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    The Almost Man

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    Directed by

    • Martin Lund

    Norway

    2012

    80 min

    • Norwegian

    Comedy drama

    Despite the approaching birth of his first child, plain-looking, 30-something Henrik does everything he can to maintain the illusion of youth by following its unbridled conventions. He also enjoys a fair amount of adolescent wisecracking, but this doesn’t seem to bother his partner. Yet when kindhearted Tone organizes a pleasant evening party for friends and colleagues in their newly acquired home, Henrik takes off, preferring his high school buddies, who share his fondness for wild piss-ups and crude humor. His inept behavior, however, masks an insecure individual who escapes the surrounding world through irony.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Henrik Rafaelsen
    Janne Heltberg Haarseth
    Screenplay
    Martin Lund
    Cinematography
    Morten Forsberg
    Editing
    Lars Apneseth
    Production
    APE&BJORN AS

    Press

    Engaging psychological study of a priapic Peter Pan.

    Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

    A feel-good sermon.

    Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine

    Martin Lund

    Martin Lund

    Norway

    An international study shows that Norwegians make very strict requirements of personal conduct and that they sanction unwanted behavior. With PSYCHOBITCH I set out to prove it’s possible to break out of this conformity. I wanted to tell a story about how important it is to listen to your heart when you are looking for your self.

    Lund was educated as an art director before he was accepted onto the directing programme at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, graduating in 2009 with the short film BALLOON MOODS. His debut feature TWIGSON TIES THE KNOT (2011) premiered at the Berlinale Generation, and remains among Norway’s biggest ever box office hit. He went on to write and direct THE ALMOST MAN (2012) which had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF, winning the Crystal Globe for Best Film. He also created the TV series THE GAMES, winner of Best Series at the 2014 Prix Jeunesse, and was nominated for a Kidscreen award in 2015. It has since been sold to more than 40 countries. His latest work is the feature film PSYCHOBITCH (2019), which premiered at Berlinale and was the recipient of the ArteKino Festival Audience Award.

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