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Just got back from watching ‘Spring Breakers‘ at Oslo Film Festival, one of the very few festivals that have been granted permission to show the film, which isn’t due for release until next year. I honestly don’t know what to think yet. The word “bizarre” springs naturally to mind. Some parts worked really well (the filming was at times magnificent), others did not (pacing, script) and dragged the film down. I might write a full review when (and if) I have wrapped my head around it properly.

What a busy and exciting week it has been so far! In between job interviews, therapy and contract meetings (I finally have a new job!), I have been to some really enjoyable cultural events, and more are yet to come. I’ve been to Det Norske Teatret to see the musical ‘Evita‘ performed by my two favourite stage actors; been to a lovely wine-tasting evening with a group of expats from several different countries, and to the cinema to see ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild‘ at long last. As if that wasn’t enough, Oslo International Film Festival (OIFF) kicked off yesterday, so the next few days should hold several great experiences too.

I was very happy to finally see ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild‘, the sensational movie that has, to use an exceptionally well-fitting expression, taken the world by storm this year. It first premiered at the Sundance festival in January, and I’ve wanted to see it ever since it received standing ovations and raving reviews at the Cannes festival in May. It’s been out in the cinemas for three weeks, but I’ve been on the fence because my flatmates expressed a wish to come along to see it. In the end I decided three weeks of waiting for them to get organised was my limit, and made a spontaneous decision to watch it mid-afternoon yesterday (which really is the best time of day to be at the cinema, because there’s usually not many people around).

It is very difficult movie to write about, but this Rolling Stone review sums things up pretty well; still, you have to watch it to get the big deal. And you really should watch it!

Six years old Quvenzhané Wallis in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’.


As for the rest of the week, Oslo International Film Festival (OIFF) is on, so there will be a few more cinema visits. So far I have tickets to ‘Side by Side‘ and ‘Laurence Anyways‘. The first is a documentary about film creation and features a couple of my favourite directors; the latter is a seemingly intense and untraditional love story about a transsexual and her lover.

I was planning on seeing ‘Seven Psychopaths‘, which is on my list for anticipated December releases (which incidentally I will publish at the end of the month), but as it will be shown at the cinema after the festival anyway, I thought I might prioritise the films that will (probably) only be shown this week. The same goes for ‘Pieta‘ and ‘Amour‘, even though the latter won’t be released before Christmas and I am very, very eager to see it.

The remaining movies at the the festival are less known to me, so I’m going to look them up and decide which might be worth catching. So far I’ve got an eye on ‘Codebreaker‘, ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day‘, ‘Spring Breakers‘ and ‘Red Sorghum‘. If you’ve happened to see either of them and can recommend it, please let me know.

It’s a good week to be a culture junkie!