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The Almost Man

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Norway | 2012 | 80 minutes | Martin Lund

In this frequently hilarious, engaging, and brutally honest portrait of a 35-year-old man with a definite case of arrested development, Henryk has a new apartment, a challenging job, and a beautiful pregnant wife, which is where the trouble starts. Winner, Best Film, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

May 29, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 31, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Growing up can be one of the hardest decisions we ever have to make. 35-year-old Henrik (Henrik Rafaelson) has always had a playful relationship with his girlfriend Tone (Janne Heltberg Haarseth), but his life has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. He has a new job with co-workers who aren't very welcoming, an apartment with a hefty price tag, and Tone is pregnant. Rafaelson's restrained portrayal details Henrik's powerful internal struggle as he clings to his immature friends while reaching out for a future with the woman he loves, knowing he can't have both. As Henrik's distress grows, his relationship with Tone becomes more strained, until he finally reaches an epiphany based on a pair of bedroom slippers. The Almost Man is a gentle and funny tour through the awkward adolescent stage than can last long into adulthood. Director Martin Lund contrasts scenes of deep tenderness with bawdy roughhousing full of full-frontal male nudity, bringing us along with all of the movie's passion and pathos.

Director Biography
The Almost Man is Norwegian director Martin Lund’s first full-length film, which he also wrote. He has directed several short films, including Pistasj and Home Game.

Director: Martin Lund
Principal Cast: Henrik Rafaelsen, Janne Heltberg Haarseth, Tov Sletta, Per Kjaerstad, Tore Sagen
Country: Norway
Year: 2012
Running Time: 80 minutes
Producer: Ruben Thorkildsen
Screenplay: Martin Lund
Cinematographers: Morten Halfstad Forsberg
Editors: Lars Apneseth
Music: Alf Lund Godbolt, Simen Solli Schoien
Website: http://www.nfi.no/english/norwegianfilms/search/Film?key=105776
Awards: Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012 (Grand Prix Crystal Award, Best Actor)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Norwegian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Norwegian Film Institute
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