Review: ‘Maya Stoneface’

Executive producers, Erichsen, Tom Remlov.

Executive producers, Erichsen, Tom Remlov.

Directed by Lars Berg. Screenplay, Elsa Kvamme. Camera (color), Harald Paalgard; editor, Sofie Hesselberg; music, Knut Halmrast, Hakon Iversen; production design, Per Hiorth; costume design, Anne Hamre; sound (Dolby), Roy Fenstad. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 15, 1997. (Also in Berlin Film Festival — Kinderfest.) Running time: 85 MIN.

Maya ….. May Thali Magnussen Liberman

Silvia ….. Siri Nilsen

Gloria ….. Vanja Riksfjord

Dad ….. Johannes Joner

Mum ….. Helle Haugen

Birgitte ….. Laila Goody

Granny ….. Elsa Lystad

Silvia’s mum ….. Gro Solemdal

Josi ….. Ricardo Sanchez

Kjersti ….. Pia Borgli

Akidpic about a little girl who saves her parents’ marriage, “Maya Stoneface” feels like a half-hour telefilm extended to feature length. Offshore B.O. prospects look small, though it should find spots on the small screen.

Maya, who lives in Oslo with her mother and father, thinks of herself as a Mayan and often sees Indians in visions. When she discovers her father is having an affair, she tries to intervene, but her mother also finds out, decides to take a vacation, and tells her husband to be out of the house when she returns. While she’s away, Maya schemes to make the new woman leave and have Mom and Dad to get together again.

At close to 90 minutes, pic feels stretched, though the story is sympathetic, and young actress May Thali Magnussen Liberman is charming and natural as Maya. Dubbed and trimmed, it could make a fine tube item.

Maya Stoneface

(NORWEGIAN)

Production

A Nordisk Film Intl. release (in Norway) of a Norsk Film, Magdalenafilm production. (International sales: Nordisk Film, Stockholm.) Produced by Bente Erichsen.
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