The Storm in My Heart

A solid but only mildly gusty drama.

With:
With: Bjorn Sundquist, Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen, Mary Sarre, Rikke Westerlund Lie, Nils Utsi, Hans Petter Hansen, Magne Hoyland, Inga Marja Sarre, Ailo Gaup.

The passion referred to in the title hardly reaches the screen in “The Storm in My Heart,” a solid but only mildly gusty drama about an ornery seacomber’s reluctant attempt to find closure on a long-ago love affair. Latest feature by Norwegian writer-director Pal Jackman, who made a mark almost a decade ago with the quirky “Detector,” sports reliable perfs framed by a so-so script, making this fare for Eurotube voyages rather than big-sheet sailing.

Cranky, middle-aged Eivind Strand (Bjorn Sundquist), who has a heart condition, lives alone on a lopsided boat in southern Norway. (Pic was shot in Stavanger.) When his small universe of drinking buddies (Nils Utsi, Hans Petter Hansen) is invaded by drifter Kris (Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen), Eivind finally yields to the young man’s sense of adventure. He decides to set out on a (probably fatal) voyage north in the rusty tub to reclaim the woman he loved 33 years ago, Beatrice (Mary Sarre), who is now widowed. Sundquist and Hagen have a natural, antagonistic chemistry that maintains interest, but the script doesn’t build enough dramatic steam to really break moorings. Tech package is pro.

The Storm in My Heart

Norway

Production: An SF Norge release of a Film Story, MCM Westbo, Solbakken, Digital Film Lab, Filmkraft Rogaland presentation, in association with Canal Plus, of a Kongfilm production. Produced by Maria Ekerhovd, Torleif Hauge. Executive producers, Tor Dagfinn Veen, Age Westbo, Kristoffer C. Stensrud, Kjell Skappel. Directed by Pal Jackman. Screenplay, Jackman, Eigil Jansen, Hans Erik Voktor; idea, Jackman, Marianne Kleven.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, HD-to-35mm), Jakob Ingimundarson; editor, Mette Zeruneith; music, Karsten Fundal; art director, Trygve Hov. Reviewed on DVD, Berlin, July 2, 2009. (In Shanghai Film Festival -- competing.) Original title: Jernanger. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Bjorn Sundquist, Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen, Mary Sarre, Rikke Westerlund Lie, Nils Utsi, Hans Petter Hansen, Magne Hoyland, Inga Marja Sarre, Ailo Gaup.

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