Violent

September 2016104 minutes
Drama
1

Written, directed, shot and scored in its entirety by one of Canada’s youngest groups of adept creatives -- all of whom are still in their twenties -- the Canadian film VIOLENT is the astonishing debut feature from Amazing Factory Productions. Driven by the stunning visuals of the Norwegian landscape and a powerful original score, VIOLENT centres on a young woman, Dagny, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, vividly recalled during a catastrophic event. The film opens with this event, which ultimately causes her death. The story then weaves gracefully through separate character-based chapters, providing glimpses into the lifelong friendship with a young sister, the increasingly ominous interactions with a seemingly benevolent family friend, and the moving wisdom of a beloved grandfather. Dagny’s memories are intertwined with raw and beautiful interpretations of how she is experiencing death.
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Audio Language
Norwegian (5.1)
Subtitles
English
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Run time
104 minutes
Rating
PG
Comedy
When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. Finally Marie is forced to come to terms with how much a human life truly weighs and which measurements she intends to live by.
Marie is a scientist who works in the Mass Department of the Norwegian Metrology Service where her father Ernst is director. Marie's job is to travel around Norway inspecting postal scales, gas pumps and other types of measuring devices so they can be certified. She has no children, is stuck in a dead-end marriage, and has a very limited social life outside of work. When Ernst surprisingly falls ill, Marie is asked to go to Paris to recalibrate the National Norwegian kilo and take part in an international seminar where colleagues from around the world discuss new ways of defining the actual weight of a kilo. In Paris she meets Pi, a former scientist at the esteemed Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (where they keep the kilogram known as “the mother of all kilos”), and through him the possibility of love. Together Marie and Pi discover that old body measurements, well outside the precision level they normally encounter at their respective institutes, have values of their own. When the night has become morning, the romance between them deepens and reaches its physical climax through a conversation about measurements that stem from the dimensions of the human body, like foot, yard, inch, handbreadth and fathom.
As she explores her new possibilities, the film seems to unfurl beautifully, the way the first real day of summer seems to spill over with promise and renewal.
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