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‘Everybody Hates Johan’ review

Hallvar Witzø directs this feature debut, a comedy as naive as it is strangely funny.

    The comedy needs heat, the laughter is less intense as we move away from the equator, but, from time to time, a brave man who decides to take life differently in the Scandinavian peninsula. Hallvar Witz , director of the Norwegian ‘Everybody Hates Johan’, presents an ironic story in defense of the weirdos, of all those who dare to live outside the monotony and, if necessary, blow up a couple of bridges.

    The plot introduces us to Johan, a misfit inhabitant of a small village who tries to fit in, but is not very good at it. In love with the neighbor whom he has disfigured after an accident with explosives, we review the life of our hero through the years thanks to small scenes of his continuous returns home, a succession of anecdotes that, without forming a larger figure, work like a collection of postcards. The lack of a final story detracts from a fable without a moral, but the delivery of Pål Sverre Hagen, a national hero after Kon-Tiki and Amundsen, keeps the viewer hooked.

    For lovers of simple tales from northern latitudes (and ways)

    The best: its tenacious hero and the always refreshing trip to Norway.

    The worst: your good intentions may not be enough.


    Address: Hallvar Witzø Distribution: Pål Sverre Hagen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ine F. Jansen, Paul-Ottar Haga Country: Norway Year: 2021 Release date: 08-18-2022 Gender: Comedy Script: Erlend Loe Duration: 93 min.

    Synopsis: Johan is an eccentric misfit from a small Norwegian village. Orphaned as a child and fond of explosives, Johan tries to win the heart of his neighbor Solvor, whom he accidentally blew up as a child.

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