16 April 2013 | OJT
The trouble of unwillingly hurtful misunderstood communication
Have you ever talked to persons you really have trouble communicating with?
I belong ("Som du ser meg", which really translates into "As you see me") is a funny film about a serious topic - the complexity of communication and understanding, with real female drive. The film is originally written and told, and extremely well directed by Dag Johan Haugerud. His first feature, formerly directing documentaries.
We meet some women living very different lives, and in different parts of the same apartment building in outer Oslo. A story of women which ends up hurting each other without willing to do so, told in an interesting way, by the writer Eva Cecilie, reading her audio-book "When you least expect it" on to tape in a sound studio. A brilliantly cast of female actors are making this a very interesting film, which recently won several prizes in the national critics Kanon-prize at Trondheim international Film Festival.
Lise is a nurse, which enjoys work, but are not to eager to get out of her safe working situation, but feels forced to say yes to be teaching new employees. And when she gets nervous, like when she has to correct the nurse she's training, she switches from speaking Norwegian into English. This gets her into trouble, and ruins her comfort.
Grete is translator, and an older woman, and was raped when she was 16, which forced her to change her school and name. She's come along way, but is not prepared when her self-consciousness is torn down when she meets her new publisher.
Ann-Kristin is pregnant, and visiting an aunt together with her poor and mildly difficult mother, which keeps borrowing money from her due to economically problems, and having typically mother - daughter communications. At the meeting she is offered a million of a large inheritance, complicating the conversation immensely.
Interesting premises, and it's funny how one can recognize the way the tragic understanding of communication leads to funny, insulting and hurtful situations. The film is in a way complex, with typical female communication of small and large subjects, which the brilliant cast makes a gem out of.
I enjoyed the predicaments, and the storytelling which in a funny way doesn't turn out nothing less than tragic. Very talented filmmaking and acting, with a very suitable music score. I'd like it to be longer than it was.