I Am Dina, based on Norwegian writer Herbjorg Wassmo’s brilliant novel Dina’s Book, is a haunting, breathtaking and engaging story about a young girl in Northern Norway during the 1860s who killed her mother in a accident when she was five years old. Her father (Bjorn Floberg) blamed her for his wife’s death, and she was denied the love of her father and sent away. She became a willful, strong, stunningly beautiful girl who behaved like a tomboy. She lived her life more of less by her own rules since the age of 5.
When Dina (Maria Bonnevie) was fifteen she was married away to a rich friend of her father – Jacob (Gerard Depardieu) who was carried away by her extraordinary beauty. He brings her with him to his little “kingdom” – Reinsnes.
Dina quickly proved to be too much for the aging Jacob. He taught her about sex, but she quickly started to want more of it than he could give. And she would stay up at all hours and play her cello and deprive him of his sleep. Dina seemingly is strong, independent and fierce. However, she is also a young woman haunted by daemons.
The scenography in this movie is outstanding. Visually as well as in terms of content, the movie is explosive and mesmerizing, visually spectacular, highly disturbing and set against a soundtrack of enchanting music.
Maria Bonnevie delivers a haunting and unnerving performance in the role of Dina. It may well be her best performance ever. Her tormented, otherworldly countenance is both frightening, beautiful and erotic, and the camera makes good use of her features with continual close-ups of her expressive face. Also, Bjorn Floberg (Dina’s father) and Mads Mikkelsen (Niels) are great, and Gerard Depardieu is excellent as Jacob.
I Am Dina is an interesting, remarkable and unique film, an epic, and a movie you will love if you are a fan of movies such as Babette’s Feast, The Piano and My Life as a Dog. It’s a captivating piece of cinema! I greatly enjoyed it.
Product Details (US Version)
- Actors: Maria Bonnevie, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Eccleston, Pernilla August, Bjørn Floberg
- Directors: Ole Bornedal
- Writers: Ole Bornedal, Herbjørg Wassmo, Jonas Cornell
- Producers: Anne Ingvar, Arve Figenschow, Axel Helgeland, Eric Altmeyer
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated
- DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
- Run Time: 125 minutes