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Original title
  • Shameless
Running time
98 min.
Norway Norway
Lars Saabye Christensen
Nils Petter Molvaerr
Daniel Voldheim
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Maipo Film
Synopsis / Plot
It is the summer of 1951. Lillian and Amund Wang have their first and only child. A boy. Or is it a girl? Outside, there's a solar eclipse. The birds stop singing. The parents refuse the surgery which could have made Adrian a complete human being. The apartment in Oscarsgate Street turns into a hothouse where the most horrible flowers grow. This is where the divided Adrian grows up, with simulation, silence, lies and dying love. This is where he learns to know his shamelessness. In the summer of 1966, Adrian overhears the conversation which will sum up and seal his fate. He does not choose the role of the victim, but that of the aggressor: He declares war on his parents, and gathers an energy which proves redeeming, but also perilous to everyone around him, as he gradually loses control over it. A series of events dramatically change Adrian's life in the course of a few autumn months. Are they coincidental, or can they be linked to Adrian? No one poses any questions. Through the role of Oedipus in a school theatre performance, and his encounter with Heidi, Adrian faces himself in a greater perspective, and he cannot avoid realizing his own tragedy. He is confronted with his own sense of guilt and his shame, he realizes his responsibility, simultaneously redeeming and destructive, and he accepts his punishment.
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