After training in Russia, he’s sent back home, where he becomes very good at his work. (He gets credit for the downing of the American U2 plane.) But rumors of his secret occupation start to spread, and Simon finds it more and more difficult to deal with his friends and his beloved, Lilian (Gorild Mauseth).
“Burnt by Frost” is told in several layers, jumping backward and forward in time. Jensen’s mingling realism and surrealism do not make the narrative any easier to follow; instead the viewer is constantly on the alert to grasp what is happening. Pic’s first 10 minutes are almost incomprehensible; but gradually the film becomes more fascinating, telling an exciting story as well as taking us into the mind of the troubled Simon.
Lenser Svein Krovel deserves major kudos for the look of the film: The beauty of the harsh landscapes of northern Scandinavia has never before been depicted quite this way. Praise is also due editor Trygve Hagen and composer Olga Petrova.
As Simon and Lilian, Hoff and Mauseth are excellent in emotionally varied roles that require their characters to age. They also enact a striking scene in which they make love in a small boat, stark naked on a mattress of freshly caught, still quivering fish.