Director: Anne Sewitsky
Screenwriters: Anne Sewitsky, Ragnhild Tronvoll

Institute History

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Effervescent Charlotte leads a comfortable life, dating her best friend's brother and teaching young children to dance, but she aches for an affection she feels her cold mother and ailing alcoholic father have never offered. After learning that Henrik, the half-brother she's never met, has moved to Oslo, Charlotte tentatively initiates contact. As the pair sketch out a tenuous bond, a relationship initially based on make-believe wish fulfillment soon deepens into a self-destructive sexual attraction that threatens to upend both their lives.

Director Anne Sewitsky (2011 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner for Happy Happy) returns to the Sundance Film Festival to artfully deconstruct our notions of family before casting them in a twisted yet tender new light. Ine Marie Wilmann, as Charlotte, makes an exquisite mask of her character's nervous smile, radiating overwhelming warmth and constant insecurity; we never forget Charlotte's shockingly transgressive behavior is rooted in a sincere need for love. —H.Z.

— Heidi Zwicker

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