norwegian film

The Olsen Gang

childhood ruined (????) or possibly improved 

So there’s this Norwegian comedy film series of 14 films, mainly from the 70s, about a small criminal gang trying to get rich, and their repeated failures. They’re pretty harmless, never use violence, and generally steal from the rich, mostly the government or museums - or other criminals.

It’s good child-friendly fun, very silly, with some Parental Bonus. I grew up watching this stuff, but I’m 30 now, and probably haven’t watched a full movie since I was half my age. So I decided to go on a nostalgia rewatch trip!

TURNS OUT, the first film was not exactly as child-friendly as the later ones

I mean, right from the get-go, they’re basically hanging out in a brothel.

My fav character is engaged to an x-rated actress, and is also her manager. When the leader of the gang gets out of prison, with a brilliant plan, this guy hopes it’s that they produce stuff themselves. (It’s not. It’s museum robbery.)

(Whoops! I’m not sure if they retcon that they have a baby, or if he abandons it and it’s never mentioned again in the later movies.)

And then barely 12 minutes into this movie – this movie from 1969 – a police inspector is in an adult shop, and the lovely lady behind the counter is directing him towards the gay stuff, the lesbian stuff, and the animal stuff. Immediately after this, she sells a small child a Donald Duck comic.

Of course, the non-adult comedy that defines the entire series is definitely still there. Like, there are some pretty ridiculous physical/visual shit.

And of course this joke, which is probably my favourite, and I think a lot of Norwegians will identify with.

anonymous asked:

do u have any norwegian movies in general you might recommend? I fell in love with kongen av bastøy a while ago, but anything is good

these are all very different genres, but all good:

trolljegeren, oslo 31. august, veiviseren, kon-tiki, appelsinpiken, bare bea, lille frøken norge (this gave me nightmares for years when i was younger), elling (there are several movies), bølgen. mannen som elsket yngve, kompani orheim, and jeg reiser alene are all about the same character.

I want to marry. Have kids. Travel the world. Buy a house. Have romantic holidays. Eat only ice cream for a day. Live abroad. Reach and maintain my ideal weight. Write a great novel. Stay in touch with old friends. I want to plant a tree. Make a delicious dinner from scratch. Feel completely successful. Go ice bathing. Swim with dolphins. Have a birthday party, a proper one. Live to be a hundred. Stay married until I die. Send an exciting message in a bottle and get an equally interesting reply. Overcome all my fears and phobias. Lie watching the clouds all day. Have an old house full of knickknacks. Run a full marathon. Read a book that’s so great I’ll remember quotes from it all my life. Paint stunning pictures that show how I really feel. Cover a wall with paintings and words close to my heart. Own all the seasons of my favorite shows. Attract attention to an important issue. Make people listen to me. Go sky-diving, skinny-dipping, fly a helicopter. Have a good job I look forward to every day. I want a romantic, unique proposal. Sleep beneath open skies. Hike. Act in a film or play at the National Theater. Win a fortune in the lottery. Make useful everyday items. And be loved.
—  From Oslo, August 31st (2011) by Joachim Trier