When the Light Comes (1998)

  |  Adventure, Drama, Romance

When the Light Comes (1998) Poster

A young woman spends an adventurous winter with a trapper on Spitsbergen.


Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

30 August 1999 | BAS/NL
A young girl spends a winter with a trapper
A young girl spends a winter with a trapper in a cold and dark Spitzbergen, in the far north 900 km of the North Pole not many films are shot. In this uninhabited desert temperatures drop easily to -50 degrees celcius in winter. The film begins that a young girl leaves for Spitzbergen, to spend a winter with a trapper.

This isn't really a 'vacation', especially when spending a whole winter here, you must know how to survive here. The girl in the movie leaves without knowing anything about how these trappers overwinter here. ( normally 6-8 trappers overwinter each year ). Authorities in Longyearbyen are very touchy about people who come here on their own ( you will have to carry a weapon, high insurances, etc.. ).

What the film is really about is the relation between the girl from Amsterdam and the Norwegian trapper. The great differences between the young girl and the older and shy trapper leads to many troubles. Over the whole the movie is quite average, but the great filming locations and the effort of director Coninx to make a romantic movie here ( apart from another film about polar bears ) makes this film very special.

Critic Reviews

Did You Know?


Plot Summary


Adventure | Drama | Romance


Release Date:

29 January 1998


English, Norwegian, Russian

Country of Origin

Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Filming Locations

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Contribute to this page

The Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations in the Works

From summer reads to classic works of fiction, here are some of our most anticipated book-to-screen adaptations on the horizon.

See the full list

The Rise of Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, known for her transformative performances in projects like Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, returns as the villain Cipher in F9. IMDb takes a look at her celebrated career.

Watch the video

Around The Web


Provided by Taboola

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com