Dancing without freedom

NORWEGIAN GAME FILM: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen's second feature film is a strong and disturbing portrayal of social control in Norwegian Pentecostal communities.

Huser is a regular film critic in MODERN TIMES.
Email: alekshuser@gmail.com
Published: 2019-10-03

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love each other." I came to think of this quote by author Jonathan Swift when I saw Jorunn Myklebust Syversen's new feature film disc. Admittedly, there are probably more relevant quotes regarding the film's content, but those words were already in my mind after I recently heard them in a song by the Austrian artist Falco. (The extended maximum version of "Satellite to Satellite", thank you for asking!) And in a sense, it is fitting to start the text about a religion-critical movie called disc with a religion-critical quote I came across in a pop song.

Distinctive voice

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen, and debuted two years ago with whale. Here she portrayed a man in crisis of life moving from the city to his deceased parents' small farm in Hallingdal, where he seeks solitude and physical forestry. The film was exemplary minimalist in its narrative and testified to an original and exciting new voice in the Norwegian film landscape that was able to combine humor, seriousness, absurdity and authenticity. The latter was reinforced by the fact that the lead actors Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Benjamin Helstad were probably the only professional actors, while a couple of the other roles were occupied by the director's own family members - without this resulting in embarrassing variations in the style of play.


In her second feature film, Myklebust Syversen has left her home region for the benefit of a Christian environment she has, in turn, thoroughly explored through extensive research. disc is about 19-year-old Miriam, who is the reigning world champion in "freestyle disco dancing", the leader of the Free Church's youth group and the vicar of the church's charismatic pastor.

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