“Daddy Blue” is a sensitively told, wry tale of a taciturn young teen who tests his wings and learns an unspoken lesson or two about grown-up behavior. Feature bow by Rene Bjerke, founder of Oslo’s Cinematek, is a spare, fest-ready charmer.
LP, the only child of a comfortably middle-class Norwegian couple, celebrates his junior-high graduation by swiping a sailboat. He’s about to crash into a dock when pixie-faced, accomplished sailor Line hops aboard to enjoy a few days of chaste skinny-dipping and sun-bathing until LP’s dad catches up with them.
Freed from household patterns — and with the delectable 20-year-old Line aboard — father and son see each other in new and telling ways.
Slight but charming pic, appealingly played, rings true throughout. Comic timing is fine and humor is conveyed more through slow burns, behavioral juxtapositions, and guilty or knowing expressions than via dialogue. LP doesn’t say much, Line strips at every opportunity, and Dad tries to assess the lay of the land even though he’s at sea.
Lensing has a summery, timeless bent.