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Jackpot (Arme Riddere)
Norway 2011

Opening 14 Nov 2013

Directed by: Magnus Martens
Writing credits: Magnus Martens, Jo Nesbø
Principal actors: Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad, Arthur Berning, Andreas Cappelen

Oscar (Kyrre Hellum) wakes up lying underneath a quite dead naked woman in a strip joint somewhere in Norway. Commissionar Solør takes him to police headquarters for interrogation about the events leading up to multiple crimes. Oscar is as clueless as the commissioner, but offers him bits and pieces, facts expanded for our benefit with the help of flashbacks. Thor, Billy and Tresko work together in a factory which makes plastic Christmas trees. Oscar supervises their work. The four of them win a huge sum in the lottery, but as three of the four are not the brightest, math is way over their heads and they can’t possibly divide this sum by four. It might be easier to divide by three, so one contender is eliminated. And hey: even six-year-olds can divide by two.

Jackpot is a comedy gangster film with a surprise ending, light-hearted for the holiday season. Well-known author Jo Nesbø obviously had much fun writing the original script. I highly recommend that you see it, if your German is good enough, which shouldn’t be too difficult considering that the commissioner grills Oscar in typical Scandinavian slow-motion with all the time in the world. (Becky Tan)

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