Happy, Happy. Norway, 85 min.
Silly, silly. When Elisabeth and Sigve move to the north of Norway and rent a house from a local couple (bubbly Kaja and taciturn Eirik), the tension in both marriages rises to the surface. Those of us ready for a Scandinavian version of Who’s Afraid of Virginian Woolf are disappointed: the male characters are shallow (suppressed homosexuality is as deep as it gets) and the female characters are alternately angry and seductive. And the all-important humour never connects with the drama. A disturbing subplot in which Kaja and Eirik’s son enslaves the other couple’s adopted African son remains unexplored.
And that’s number seventy-one.The 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival ended today (Friday, 14 October). Now I can sleep late. Of course, I missed most of the 300-plus films, but it’s impossible to see more than 100.