Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Heftig Og Begeistret
Sweden/Norway, 2001. Barentsfilm AS, Giraff Film AB, Norsk Film. Cinematography by Aslaug Holm, Svein Krovel.Produced by Jan-Erik Gammleng, Tom Remlov. Music by Per Oddvar Hildre. Film Editing by Aslaug Holm. Toronto International Film Festival 2001.
In a faraway Norwegian fishing village, an immensely talented men’s choir has been raging for decades and is now the subject of this delightful documentary. Members of the group range in age, though most tend to be in the upper years, their terrific voices combining to create some soul-uplifting sounds that are world-class impressive. The film covers the various eccentric personalities that make up the choir, following them through rehearsals as they prepare for a concert in nearby Murmansk, Russia. Their relationships with each other, with the women in their lives and their experiences at leaving town to see another country all combine for a fascinating trip into a completely different world. Director Knut Erik Jensen manages with a low-grade video camera to somehow make you feel like you’re deep in this snowy hamlet and are experiencing everything first-hand.