Screenplay, Wam, Dag Anders Rougseth. Camera (color), Anders Leegaard; editor, Frank Mosvold; art director, Are Sjaastad; sound, Christer Hoost. Reviewed at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Feb. 21, 1999. Running time: 94 MIN.

Screenplay, Wam, Dag Anders Rougseth. Camera (color), Anders Leegaard; editor, Frank Mosvold; art director, Are Sjaastad; sound, Christer Hoost. Reviewed at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Feb. 21, 1999. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Anders Dale, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Bjornar Teigen.

Fine leading performances and above-average tech credits aren’t enough to salvage an uninspired execution of a below-par script in this well-intentioned gay-themed drama, which seems destined to make only passing acquaintance with Nordic cablers.

The hospitalization of Terje (Bjornar Teigen) for drug-induced psychosis draws his friends Yngve (Bjarte Hjelmeland) and Anders (Anders Dale) into a new level of emotional intimacy as they devise and exercise a plot to rescue Terje from the clinic. Throughout the process, lots of drugs and alcohol are consumed, nightclubs frequented and Anders (easily pic’s best-developed character) reveals his gayness to Yngve, a kindhearted but lonely straight man. Exploring the presssures facing young men — straight and gay — in the 1990s, as well as their relationships and aspirations, is worthy enough, but “Desperate Acquaintances” offers few revelations into the male psyche beyond shared drug experiences and a spruced-up flat for Yngve at film’s end.

Desperate Acquaintances

(DRAMA -- NORWEGIAN)

Production

A Mefistofilm AS production in association with the Norwegian Film Institute-Gunnar Svensrud. (International sales: Norsk Film Distribution.) Produced, directed by Svend Wam.
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