Nine Norwegian directors contribute eight tales on contempo life all inspired by different political parties in novel portmanteau pic “Utopia — Nobody’s Perfect in the Perfect Country.” While universally accessible item works for fests and cablers as both satire and drama, it will have greatest impact on those in the know, suggesting local theatrical play and niche ancillary.
In the 24 hours leading up to a national election, a series of surreal comedic dramas occur in and around the rural filling station run by sad sack would-be pilot Lasse (Trond Hovik). A skinny-dipping urbanite loses his identity; a location scout’s cell phone is eaten by a cow; a cop confronts illegal immigrants; a blind girl runs a lottery scam; a few tales focus on love among the young and old; elderly campers help a young hiker with disastrous results, and so on. Analogies are fairly obvious, even without insider info. Each sequence has a title card identifying the relevant political party, though only in Norwegian on print caught. Project was brainstorm of Screenwriters Oslo org. Helmers include “Buddy” director Morten Tyldum, “Aberdeen” vet Hans Petter Moland. Tech credits are pro.