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directed by Řystein Karlsen, Tuva Novotny
Norway 2010

 

Even before the same stories from over a hundred patients, couples counselor Dag (Atle Antonsen) had come to the self-fulfilling conclusion that people are better off alone and has effectively conveyed that to his shocked patients since eighty-eight percent of them end up divorcing. Practicing what the preaches, Dag prefers solitude and spends most of his free time locked in his apartment with good music and a steady supply of valium provided by pusher Benedikt (Anders Baasmo Christiansen, KON-TIKI). His sister Marianne (Silje Torp, LILYHAMMER) - ignorant of her own enforced solitude as a single mother unwittingly smothering her hormonal teenage son Theo (Mikkel Bratt Silset) - tries to fix him up with single women (cue montage of women who may only be "quirky" from Dag's POV) and also attempts to get him to address his issues through counseling (resulting in a yapping dog being tossed out a fifth story window). In spite of his upfront misanthropy, Dag is drawn into other peoples' problems by way of his sister's troubles with her son, the efforts of his secretary Malin (Agnes Kittelsen) - whose kink is other people's misery - to drum up business by extending her boss' counsel to less "conventional" couples, and Benedikt uncertainty whether he wants to get back together with his ex Mia (Ine F. Jansen) - who he dumped in the delivery room - because he loves her and wants to be a good father, or if he just wants her family of Serbian butchers (actual butchers) to stop trying to kill him. Marianne's best friend, Eva (Tuva Novotny, ID-A) - back from Goa after ten years of being a hippie - initially sees Dag as a challenge when she replaces Marianne's initial choice of a blind date for her brother, but she finds his bluntness refreshing. Dag initially discourages romantic interest from Eva even as she attempts to share his living space without upsetting his routines. As Dag begins to warm to Eva, he finds himself confronting the deep-seated causes of his behaviors and attempting to reinvent himself even as his family, friends, and patients offer him ample evidence that couple-hood is more miserable than loneliness.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 30 September 2010 - 2 December 2010 (Norwegian TV)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films - Region 2 - PAL

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Arrow Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 3:52:01 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78;1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1; Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78;1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option):
� - 1.1 (16:9; 22:49)
� - 1.2 (16:9; 23:00)
� - 1.3 (16:9; 23:21)
� - 1.4 (16:9; 23:11)
� - 1.5 (16:9; 23:11)
� Start-up Trailers for 'Klown: The Movie' and 'Lillyhammer: Season 2'

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option):
� - 1.6 (16:9; 23:00)
� - 1.7 (16:9; 23:09)
� - 1.8 (16:9; 22:59)
� - 1.9 (16:9; 23:17)
� - 1.10 (16:9; 24:04)

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 40

 

 

 

Comments

Although each disc features less than two hours of material, Arrow has utilized dual-layer discs and given the episodes healthy bitrates; as such, the SD encodes are strong-looking and free of any distracting artefacts. Audio options include a default 5.1 track as well as a 2.0 stereo downmix track (although there is no setup menu option). The English subtitles are optional. There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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