40-year old Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvag) steps off a bus into a strange city, with no memory of how he got there. It all seems familiar: people are polite, go to work, have dinner parties, go out and have sex, but no-one seems to connect or even enjoy themselves. It isn't long before Andreas marries attractive interior designer Anne-Britt (Petronella Barker), and as the pair settle into a comfortable if emotionally vacant routine, the newly arrived citizen gradually begins to question why everyone and everything seems to superficial. As the ubiquitous "Caretakers" who preside over the city take note that their latest arrival just doesn't seem to fit in, Andreas begins to concoct a plan to escape.
Pining for the fjords?
- The Bothersome Man review by Kurtz
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You rated this film: 3
A Norwegian drama that's interesting rather than gripping, “A Bothersome Man” deals with main character Andreas’ arrival in and adjustment to a strange new town where life is calm and orderly, the townsfolk are polite and attentive, and human existence is bland and colourless. Filling the screen with beige and grey and leaving numerous clues as to what he thinks the town really stands for, director Jens Lien works hard to sustain interest, including a lengthy and faintly comical sequence in which Andreas tries to do himself in with the help of an underground train. The whole thing resembles nothing more than that pre- Brad Pitt segment of “Fight Club,” with enough lingering shots of interior design to last this spectator a lifetime.
Superb and intelligent film
- The Bothersome Man review by PV
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You rated this film: 5
This is one of the best foreign films I have ever seen: I simply could not take my eyes off the screen. The soundtrack of Grieg is great too. A masterclass in how to make an intelligent and entertaining, thoughtful movie.
Art versus excitement
- The Bothersome Man review by JD
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You rated this film: 3
This film has been reviewed very positively for its perceptive reflection of the banal superficiality of consumerist office-based existence. For this it is a memorable and interesting and very unusual cinematographically. For example the depiction of isolation and emptiness is a scene shot from inside a coach luggage holder of a door banging in the wind, not well described but particularly haunting. It is not however very compelling or exciting and should not be watched late in the evening.