Cool And Crazy (2001)

KNUT ERIK JENSEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Heftig Og Begeistret

Sweden/Norway2001.  Barentsfilm AS, Giraff Film AB, Norsk Film.  Cinematography by , .Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  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.

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