OUR OWN OSLO

By Reynir LYNGDAL

LJOSBAND EHF. - as PROD

Romance - Completed 2011

HARALD, whose life is over-controlled has a romantic weekend with VILBORG whose life is out of control. They meet back in Iceland for a holiday that changes both their lives.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Romance, Comedy
    • Countries
    • ICELAND, NORWAY, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ICELANDIC
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Reynir LYNGDAL
    • Writer(s)
    • Thorsteinn Gudmundsson
    • Producer(s)
    • Anna Maria KARLSDOTTIR (Ljosband ehf.), Hronn KRISTINSDOTTIR (Ljosband ehf.)
    • Synopsis
    • Innocent abroad, Harald’s over-regulated existence is thrown into disarray after a crazy one night stand in Oslo with the totally-out-of-control Vilborg.
      Our Own Oslo is an everyday comic-love story about an not so ordinary relationship. This is the tale of the eccentric courtship of two bizarrely contrasting individuals Harald, a forty year old guitar-picking engineer and Vilborg, a recently unemployed single mother with a penchant for gambling and embezzlement. As with Shakespeare‘s „star-crossed lovers“, this pair of lovebirds find themselves in adverse circumstances. They are both so bound up in their disfunctional past that their attempts at love end in disaster.
      A black comedy in the tradition of Jiri Menzel’s My Sweet Little Village, Reynir Lyngdal’s films highlights the paradoxes inherent in even the simplest of relationships, and the fundamental dichotomy between the city’s relentless pressures and the bucolic joys of the idyllic Icelandic countryside. Throw into the mix a retarded sister, self-pitying romeo of an ex-husband, a pair of octogenarian sexaholics, a belligerent teenager and a blocked septic tank and you have the recipe of a summer to remember.
      Who hasn‘t met Harald and Vilborg before, either at work, or at school, or in the family? Like all human beings, they have their strengths and they have their weaknesses. Sometimes they may lack judgement, communication skills - and luck, pure and simple. But as with most of the rest of the human race – they are driven forwards by the simple quest for a better life, companionship, love and happiness.
      This is the story of what happens when two lightly flawed individuals try to turn the dream of one idyllic night into the reality of a long term relationship – with hilarious consequences.
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