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Hold My Heart

Two exquisite lead perfs and a story that, in all its simplicity, is both thrilling and (at least for a while) unpredictable, make "Hold My Heart" a surprisingly watchable drama. After his thriller "Isle of Darkness" (1998), helmer Trygve Allister Diesen comes up with a sensitive drama about the strained relationship between a father and his young daughter.

Two exquisite lead perfs and a story that, in all its simplicity, is both thrilling and (at least for a while) unpredictable, make “Hold My Heart” a surprisingly watchable drama. After his thriller “Isle of Darkness” (1998), helmer Trygve Allister Diesen comes up with a sensitive drama about the strained relationship between a father and his young daughter. Partly a road movie, pic has a gritty look that helps enhance its realism, and it should definitely interest fests.

Harald (Jorgen Langhelle) is divorced from his wife, Cecilie (Andrea Braein Hovig), after a breakup involving accusations of battery and child molesting. Forbidden to see his 7-year-old daughter, Lisa (Vera Rudi), Harald kidnaps her in a fit of rage; over the next few days, the two grow closer again. Meanwhile, the police have organized a manhunt for Harald, and only one policewoman believes he’s not dangerous and violent. Langhelle manages to make his character so ambivalent that for a long time the audience is unsure of his guilt, and the young Rudi manages to hold her own against the adult actors. Sappy ending, however, is a letdown.

Hold My Heart

Norway

  • Production: An Egmont Columbia TriStar Film Distributors release of a Norsk Filmproduksjon production, in association with AV-Fondet, Filmparken, TV2 (Norway), Egmont, Nordisk Film. (International sales: Nordisk Film Intl. Sales, Copenhagen.) Produced by Hilde Berg, Bent Rognlien. Directed by Trygve Allister Diesen. Screenplay, Diesen, Knut Kristiansen.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Harald Paalgard; editor, Einar Egeland; music, John Erik Kaada. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (Nordic Competition), Feb. 1, 2002. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: <B> With: </B>Jorgen Langhelle, Vera Rudi, Andrea Braein Hovig, Kari Simonsen, Ingjerd Egeberg, Anders Nyborg, Trond Hovik.
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