November 20, 2015
This full-length 2008 film is based on the life of WWII resistance fighter Max Manus, and has been critically acclaimed for both dramatic content and historical accuracy. While there is plenty of wartime action and suspense, there are enough human interest threads to keep everyone in the audience engaged.
The story follows Manus from the Winter War against the Soviet Union, through the outbreak of World War II and the occupation of Norway, until peacetime in 1945. The movie’s première of in Oslo was attended by King Harald V and 90-year-old Gunnar Sønsteby, one of the resistance fighters portrayed in the film.
The film’s production was a huge undertaking. To create a realistic effect, parts of Oslo were transformed into an early–1940s look, which included flying the flag of Nazi Germany from the roof of the parliament building for the first time in over 60 years. The production budget was enormous by Norwegian standards. The result is a very polished and moving wartime drama.
The movie has not been rated for age–appropriate viewing, but helpful information can be found on ParentPreviews.com. Given the two-hour running time, there will be no sep- arate activities for children.
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