Archive of films Hold My Heart / Tyven, tyven

Norway
2002, 92 min

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Year: 2002

Breathtaking performances and an exciting story make this film a rewarding drama about the relationship between a father and child. Harald has been convicted of assaulting and molesting a minor. He is denied access to his seven-year-old daughter whom he then abducts in a fit of anger. There is only one policewoman who believes that Harald is neither dangerous nor violent.


Synopsis

Two exquisite lead performances and a story that is both thrilling and unpredictable make "Hold My Heart" a surprisingly watchable drama about the strained relationship between a father and his young daughter. Harald (Jorgen Langhelle) is divorced from his wife, Cecilie (Andrea Braein Hovig), after a break-up involving accusations of battery and child molesting. Forbidden to see his seven-year-old daughter, Lisa (Vera Rudi), Harald kidnaps her in a fit of rage and, over the next few days, the two grow closer again. Only a policewoman (Ingjerd Egeberg) believes he´s not a dangerous and violent man. Langhelle manages to make his character so ambivalent that for a long time the audience is unsure of his guilt, and the young Rudi manages to hold her own against the adult actors. Gunnar Rehlin

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
   
Director: Trygve Allister Diesen
Screenplay: Trygve Allister Diesen, Knut Kristiansen
Dir. of Photography: Harald Gunnar Paalgard
Music: Kaada
Editor: Einar Egeland
Producer: Hilde Berg, Bent Rognlien
Production: Norsk Filmproduksjon AS
Cast: Jorgen Langhelle, Vera Rudi, Andrea Braein Hovig, Kari Simonsen, Ingjerd Egeberg, Anders Nyborg, Trond Hovik
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