Opening 15 Mar 2012
The title from this movie by director Arild Andresen will catch the eye of every soccer player, but in actuality this film is about thirteen-year-old boy Jo Idstad (Ask van der Hagen), who is afraid of playing soccer and is trying to survive school without causing too much of a commotion. The film touches on every obstacle that teenage boy has to manoeuvre through in order to reach the other side. Jo explains everything in a simple, naïve way with an underlying intellect which makes this story hysterically funny. It shows how the main focus changes from soccer, to collecting soccer cards to eventually falling in love with the new girl at school Mari (Susanne Boucher). At the same time, Jo has an insight to what is going on for his single mom, even though his own life seems to be falling apart, and through all this experience he manages to get through it all.
If you have a teenager and find that you don’t understand the way they are acting and talking, then this film is a must. It is not surprising that it has won several awards including the Crystal Bear from the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. (Shelly Schoeneshoefer)