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Most People Live in China

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.

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.

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.

Most People Live in China

Norway

  • Production: An SF Norge release of a Motlys production. (International sales: Motlys, Oslo). Produced by Orjan Karlsen. Co-producer, Yngve Saether. From an idea by Einar Sverdrup; music, Kaada; art director, Are Sjaastad. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 25, 2002. Running time: 95 MIN. EPISODES: 1. Lasses drom. Directed, written by Thomas Robsahm.
  • Crew: <b>1. Lasses drom.</B> Directed, written by Thomas Robsahm. Camera (color), Gaute Gunnari; editor, Inge-Lise Land-feldt; costume designer, Ida O. Gabrielsen. <B>2. Dressman -- Hoyre.</B> Directed by Sven Nordin. Screenplay, Per Schreiner. Camera (color), John Andreas Andersen; editor, Sophie Hesselberg; costume designer, Ingvild Eiring. <B>3. Grenselos kjaerlighet -- Kristelig folkeparti.</B> Directed by Sara Johnsen. Screenplay, Kjetil Lismoen. Camera (color), Trond Hoines; editor, Inge-Lise Langfeldt; costume designer, Kristin Rodland. <B>4. Heimat -- Senterpartiet. </B>Directed by Arild Frohlich. Screenplay, Per Schreiner. Camera (color), Trond Hoines; editor, Kirsti Marie Hougen. <B>5. Den lille bedriften -- Venstre.</B> Directed by Ingebjorg Torgersen. Screenplay, Marion Hagen. Camera (color), Trond Hoines; editor, Kirsti Marie Hougen. <B>6. Redd barna -- Fremskrittspartiet. </B>Directed by Terje Rangnes. Screenplay, Erlend Loe. Camera (color), John Andreas Andersen; editor, Kirsti Marie Hougen; costume designer, Anja Dahl. <B>7. Pokemon Power -- Rod valgallianse.</B> Directed by Magnus Martens. Screenplay, Harald Rosenlow Eeg. Camera (color), Anders Flatland; editor, Sophie Hesselberg. <B>8. Passasjerene -- Sosialistisk venstreparti. </B>Directed by Martin Asphaug. Screenplay, Nikolaj Frobenius. Camera (color), John Andreas Andersen; editor, Inge-Lise Langfeldt. <B>9. De beste gar forst -- Arbeiderpartiet.</B> Directed by Hans Petter Moland. Screenplay, Erlend Loe. Camera (color), Gaute Gunnari; editor, Sophie Hesselberg; costume designer, Aslaug Konradsdottir.
  • With: <b>1. Lasses drom. With:</b> Trond Hovik, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Henrik Mestad, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Sampda Sharma, Kim Haugen. <B>2. Dressman -- Hoyre. With: </B>Sven Nordin, Siv Charlotte Klynderud, Martin Slaatto, Espen Karlsen, Trond Hovik. <B>3. Grenselos kjaerlighet -- Kristelig folkeparti. With: </B>Agot Sendstad, Gjertrud Jynge, Dani Aso Ahmad, Trond Hovik, Ingar Helge Gimle, John Ivar Bye. <B>4. Heimat -- Senterpartiet. With: </B>Kristin Skogheim, Trond Hovik, Steinar Hammer, Jan Gunnar Roise, Tore Holt. <B>5. Den lille bedriften -- Venstre. With:</B>Ingrid Jorgensen, Marianne Ulrichsen, Kirsti Refseth Stubo, Nils Sletta, Ellen Helen Nicolaysen. <B>6. Redd barna -- Fremskrittspartiet. With: </B>Rosa Engebrigtsen Bye, Luis Engebrigtsen Bye, Trond Hovik, Inger Teien. <B>7. Pokemon Power -- Rod valgallianse. With: </B>Sampda Sharma, Edvardt Schultheiss, Odd Magnus Williamson, Trond Hovik. <B>8. Passasjerene -- Sosialistisk venstreparti. With:</B>Sverre Anker Ousdal, Lasse Valdal, Marianne Krognes. <B>9. De beste gar forst -- Arbeiderpartiet. With: </B>Ole Jorgen Nilsen, Rolf Brandt, Leif Gujldbrandsen, Kjell Gundersen, Magnar Stenhaug, Eilif Aasen, John Svendsen, Roy Johansen, Ivar Stubberud.