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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
THE BOTHERSOME MAN
(DEN BRYSOMME MANNEN)
ACID Award Cannes Film Fest
Best Actor Best Director Best Screenplay Amanda Awards (Norwegian Oscars)
"Delightfully droll...only a taupe-colored shade off of an outright realist depiction of contempo Scandinavia." -Variety
"One of the best European science-fiction movies ever produced" -FIPRESCI
"This movie is made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy." -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"[An] incredibly controlled deadpan tone, which slides easily from comic moments (that robotic sex) to deep existential dread." -Time Out Chicago
"Jens Lien's distinctive visual flair and screenwriter Per Schreiner's mordant wit help create a fresh and absorbing work" -Chicago Reader
Forty-year-old Andreas arrives at an isolated desert café with no memory of how he got there. He is driven to an unnamed city, given a comfortable apartment, new clothes and a job. However, there is something very weird, as everyone is constantly pleasant but strangely unemotional. Life, like the food, is without flavor; booze never gets you drunk; and sex is performed in a mechanical way. When Andreas tries to leave, he finds that there is no way out. In this fable of modern life, filmmaker Jens Lien has created a fascinating dystopia in this delightfully original and offbeat postmodern nightmare that is arguably the best Norwegian film in recent years. The Bothersome Man is a deeply sarcastic interpretation of contemporary aspirations which sees individuality and emotion as unnecessary distractions.
Directed by Jens Lien, Norway, 2006, DVD, 95mins. In Norwegian with English subtitles.