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competent and beautiful scenery
on 14 June 2014
This movie is short and to the point. The dialogue is spare and the plot motors along with moderate suspension of disbelief required.
Signe's family are killed by a band of outlaws on a bleak Norwegian pass. There are a couple of times when it was obvious what was going to happen next but that's not always a bad thing. The movie never tried too hard and the direction ensured there was always something to look at.
It's not often a movie has a complex central character who is female and Dagmar's motivation is slightly cliche but nevertheless believable. In some ways, very Ripley-gone-wrong.
The medieval period detail looked more post apocalyptic, but that was fine given that the movie wasn't going for absolute veracity and the Black Death did leave a wreaked society behind it.
The real star of the show was the Norwegian scenery - sparse, rugged and very, very empty. The contrast between the open uplands and the forest was well used and the bleak grey sky added to the atmosphere.
If you have an hour or so to spend, take a look.