Utøya 22. juli / U - July 22
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About this movie
The mass shooting of 69 teens and young adults on Norways Utøya Island in 2011 is viscerally re-created in Eric Poppes (The Kings Choice) deeply affecting drama. The bulk of the action unfolding in one 72-minute take, which reflects the actual duration of the attack, and hewing to the victims point of view, the film begins with the teenagers on Utøya for a weekend political retreat anxiously discussing the terrorist explosion that has just occurred in Oslo. Nineteen-year-olds Kaja (Andrea Berntzen), Magnus (Aleksander Holmen), Petter (Brede Fristad), and others debate the meaning of the bomb before shots ring out and their situation is made clear. Kaja then becomes the focus as she simultaneously attempts to avoid the killer and find her sister Poppe never wavers in his you are there approach; the result is both riveting and frightening without ever crossing the line into sensationalism or exploitation.
'This is a film about understanding; about extreme affect and radical empathy.. [Poppes drama is] one of the most effectual (and, yes, topical) condemnations of gun violence ever put across on screen.. There's a genuine verve and daring here.. The film is unbearably tense and scary without ever being "exciting" in any conventional regard. To watch it is to experience it..'John Semley, Salon