A political satire in nine episodes, each targeting one of Norway’s parties, “Most People Live in China” demands a thorough knowledge of the country’s political landscape to fully appreciate the sometimes subtle messages in the mininovellas. Final episode, by Hans Petter Moland (“Zero Kalvin,” “Aberdeen”), is an absurdist gem, and the penultimate one, by Martin Asphaug, has an eerie quality. Pic’s most interesting point is the basic concept of several filmmakers working together to create a political satire. Title stems from the saying, “Most people live in China, but who lives in Norway?”
All episodes are in some way centered on a gas station somewhere in the sticks. The place is run by Lasse (Trond Hovik), a lonely man who wants to find true love and who secretly builds a plane with which he hopes to take to the skies. In some segs, Lasse and his gas station are central to the plot; in others they’re merely a means of tying everything together.
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Stories include: A man who is out driving with his inattentive family and goes for a nude swim only to find his clothes and family gone when he returns; a stressed woman has her cell phone eaten by a cow; a man driving by himself at night picks up a hitchhiker who may be himself as a young man; and a woman in danger of drowning in a swamp is saved by some old men who end up drowning themselves instead.