Hawaii, Oslo – DVD

by Peter on July 11, 2011

This movie from 2004, is about the story of a handful of desperate people whose paths cross on the hottest day of the year in Oslo.

Frode and Milla have their first child, Hawaii, Oslo (DVD)but learn he will not live long without an expensive operation they cannot afford. Bobbie-Pop is a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. Leon is an institutionalized mental patient, who hopes to keep a 10-year-old date on his birthday with his teenage sweetheart. Leon’s brother, Trygve, gets a weekend leave from prison to be with Leon on his birthday, but plans on using the furlough to escape. Overseeing Leon and protecting him is his guardian angel Vidar, Leon’s best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone – except himself.

It has a little bit of everything – humor, tear jerker, babies and two young boys, mystery, romance, family problems, and even mystical elements. The amazing thing is that they are all woven together with extremely unusual mastery for a movie. It even has a surprise ending that, even though you see it happen in the beginning of the movie, you don’t realize it until the climax!

— Reader review by Artist & Author on amazon.com

The various characters’ lives intersect several times in the course of the film, without knowing who everyone is nor what impact they have on each other, but their thoughts and actions have a tremendous effect on one another.

The movie is powerful also because of the performances, which are really good. A somewhat surreal movie that will leave you pondering!

  • Actors: Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Roise, Evy Elise Kasseth Rosten, Aksel Hennie, Stig Henrik Hoff
  • Directors: Erik Poppe
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes

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