In this steamy Norwegian thriller, a hunky young man stalks a bored married woman, then he moves on and she becomes the obsessed one. Did we mention she’s his gym teacher?
Anita's attorney husband is not thrilled that she's going back to work, but she's 44 and bored (and he's about as passionate and romantically demonstrative as most Norwegians), so she starts a job as a high-school gym teacher. Her first day is, to put it mildly, not boring; one student, Markus, introduces himself by unnervingly boasting about his endowment. He zeroes in on Anita, and soon they're doing things in the locker room and in a parked car that weren't in the lesson plan. But before long Markus, having had his kicks, decides to move on (men, amirite?), and Anita's the one who becomes obsessed—compulsively checking for his texts, stalking him on social media, befriending his mother, and even sabotaging Markus' new interest in a fellow student. An Affair is built on the same premise as this year's SIFF offering Frances Ferguson, but goes 180 degrees in the opposite direction—for tension-tightening psychological drama rather than off-kilter deadpan humor (and it's more steamily explicit). Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (Going West, SIFF 2018) downplays the provocation of the age gap to explore, via a probing and courageous performance by Andrea Braein Hovig, how an outwardly composed woman could be driven to such destructive addiction.
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken is a self-taught filmmaker and cinematographer born in 1989 in Hamar, Norway. He enjoys experimenting with film techniques, preferring analog methodology. His first feature, Returning Home (2015), was shortlisted as the Norwegian Oscar® candidate for Best Foreign Language Film. He continues to develop his own personal film projects, including shorts and feature films.
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- Original Language Title: En affaere
- Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
- Principal Cast: Andrea Braein Hovig, Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Anneke von der Lippe, Carsten Bjornlund, Agnes Kittelsen
- Country: Norway
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 90 minutes
- Producer: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
- Screenplay: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
- Cinematographers: Oskar Dahlsbakken
- Editors: Vidar Flataukan
- Music: Stein Berge Svendsen
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Going West (2017); Late Summer (2016); Cave (2016); Returning Home (2015)
- Language: Norwegian
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Norwegian Film Institute