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      Hawaii, Oslo

      2004 2h 0m Drama Romance List
      Reviews 80% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Circumstances force the paths of several people (Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten) to collide during one night in Oslo. Read More Read Less

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      Boyd van Hoeij european-films.net All the small stories are engaging in their own right and edge-of-your-seat material once they start coming together. Expertly written and directed and beautifully filmed. Aug 17, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The most religiously serious film that does not say a word about religion. Hawaii Olso is "paradise/purgatorio" in different manifestation. Beneath the visible stories there is the inevitable conflict of ambition and desires, the exercise of freewill out of our imperfect human foresight. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode (Stig Henrik Hoff) and Milla (Silje Torp Færavaag). They are having their first child, who they are told will not live long. We follow Bobbie-Pop (Petronella Barker), a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. We follow Leon (Jan Gunnar Røise), an institutionalized kleptomaniac who is looking for Åsa (Evy Kasseth Røsten), to whom he has a ten year old deal to get married. We meet Leon's brother, Trygve (Aksel Hennie), who fetches Leon at the institution to celebrate his birthday, but who himself has plans to use his leave from prison to run away. And most of all we meet the angel Vidar (Trond Espen Seim), Leon's best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone - except himself... The plot in "Hawaii, Olso" explores the idea of redemptive nature based on compassion and love. We get a kaleidoscope of individuals, set into motion in both the world of dreams and reality and when they mix no one knows what is real and what is not. Despite the darkness displayed there´s hope and positive notions in the end. Erik Poppe doesn´t resolve each characters fate, but when Vidar the guardian angel sacrifices himself to save Leon he also creates hope for the others. The attempt to create a Norwegian version of "Short Stories" is ok, but yet it suffers from an amateurish vibe/set up and to be honest the acting is not always on the spot during the running time. I do like the critique of things that doesn´t seem to work properly in our societies like mental institutions etc. "Hawaii, Oslo" is a reminder that our humanity is not simply who we are, but the sum of how we interact with each other and what we do for each other. Every individual needs compassion and love to be whole. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The focus on psychiatric people in central roles in Norway is, obviously too popular. Even though this is a pieces-put-together, where the timeline gets jumped some back and forth, and slowly we are given the broader perspective through great storytelling. Not very unlike both Reprise and Oslo, 31 August, even though this is the predecessor. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Thank you MUBI for movies like this. A series of stories that eventually connect, foreshadowing that makes the whole movie seem like watching an accident you can't pull away from. I cares about all the characters and loved how mysteries slowly unfolded. Not sure what I think about the ending. I'd love to know what other people think. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review kevin w Seven different lives unexpectedly connect in this Norwegian tale that traces how real life emerges from chaos. Not glorious, but not dull either. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member it was a litle bit similar to the north american movie called CRASH... but, in my opinion, this Hawaii Oslo is not much better than the last one drama... sometimes a little bit boring Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Circumstances force the paths of several people (Trond Espen Seim, Jan Gunnar Røise, Evy Kasseth Røsten) to collide during one night in Oslo.
      Director
      Erik Poppe
      Screenwriter
      Harald Rosenlow Eag
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Norwegian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 10, 2017
      Runtime
      2h 0m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR