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Wolf Summer

So long as it doesn't tempt children to actually climb cliffs or commune with large carnivorous mammals, slick Norwegian pic "Wolf Summer" can be considered good family entertainment. First feature by helmer Peder Norlund is handsome, smartly paced and in confident control of comedy/drama/adventure elements.

Cast:
With: Julia Boracco Braaten, Line Verndal, Niklas James Knudsen, Jorgen Langheile, Samuel Froler, Ingar Helge Gimle, Aksel Hennie, Robert Skjaerstad, Asne Seierstad.

So long as it doesn’t tempt children to actually climb cliffs or commune with large carnivorous mammals, slick Norwegian pic “Wolf Summer” can be considered good family entertainment. First feature by helmer Peder Norlund is handsome, smartly paced and in confident control of comedy/drama/adventure elements. But his irresponsible script suggests you wouldn’t want to park your baby carriage with him anytime soon. Small-screen export prospects are decent.

Twelve-year-old Kim (Julia Boracco Braaten) is independent by nature, which is fortunate since mom (Line Verndal) has become a serial-boyfriending ditz since dad’s accidental death. Ma goes off with her latest beau, leaving athletic Kim to a chaperoned group mountain climbing expedition that gets cancelled at the last minute. Obstinate Kim decides to climb the mountain by herself — and falls. Crawling into a collapsed shack, she’s kept alive by a mother wolf. Another adventure ensues when Kim tries to help the wolf and its cub escape some hidden-agenda-bearing hunters. Shot partly in Montana because European animal trainers wouldn’t let a little girl consort with real wolves — oh, those churls! — pic is as smoothly handled as story is improbable.

Wolf Summer

Norway

Production: A Nordisk Film production. Produced by Ellen Jacobsen, Kare Storemyr. Executive producer, Axel Helgeland. Co-producer, Thomas Heinesen. Directed, written by Peder Norlund.

Crew: Camera (color), Harald G. Paalgaard; editor, Zaklina Stojcevska; music, Stefan Nilsson; production designer, Peter Bavman. Reviewed at Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 7, 2005. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: With: Julia Boracco Braaten, Line Verndal, Niklas James Knudsen, Jorgen Langheile, Samuel Froler, Ingar Helge Gimle, Aksel Hennie, Robert Skjaerstad, Asne Seierstad.

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