Kissed by Winter (Vinterkyss) is a contemplative, quiet, understated Norwegian movie. However, even though it is understated and in many ways a movie with few words and hardly one wasted word, it is a powerful and impressive movie that is touching.
Kissed by Winter is filmed in Sweden and Norway, mostly during the winter. It was directed by Sara Johnsen – a up and coming, very talented director. The cast is mixed, with actors both from Norway and Sweden, and starring Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner and Swedish actress Annika Hallin.
Kissed by Winter paints a real, hard, unsentimental picture of what can happen to a normal couple when disaster strikes. After some event – we don’t know what has happened – Victoria (Annika Hallin) starts a new life as a doctor in small, snowy Norwegian town.
One winter morning two kids find a young man dead in the snow. The police officer assumes the dead teenager has been hit by the snow plow and then buried under the snow. The driver of the snowplow is a man Victoria has started a sort of relationship with. Now Viktoria, already burdened by sorrow, has to deal with death and possible loss in her new surroundings. We follow her as the stories of there and then and here and now get intertwined and reinforce one another.
Actress Annika Hallin (see image) performs brilliantly, playing on a wide repertoir of small understated movements and minute gestures she manages more than many an actress could with a waterfall of tears. Her frozen face and sad eyes bring the devastating pain that her character feels to every viewer. It is a strong tale of guild and sorrow. I liked this great movie from Norway a lot – Kissed by Winter made an impression and will stay with me for a long time.
- Actors: Gran Ragnerstam, Kristoffer Joner, Fridtjov Saheim, Trine Wiggen, Annika Hallin
- Directors: Sara Johnsen
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Norwegian/Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated
- Studio: Homevision
- DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
- Run Time: 80 minutes