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Phoenix

Caring for her mentally unstable mother Astrid and younger brother Bo, teenager Jill (Bjørkaas Thedin) has acted like the adult in her family. Living together in a small apartment in Oslo, the two children walk a constant tightrope, avoiding anything that could provoke their mother’s volatile behaviour. When Astrid lands a job interview at the local art gallery, it seems like things could be looking up. As Jill works hard to prepare her mother, their estranged father calls to say he’ll visit them on her 14th birthday, just two days away. But when tragedy strikes, Jill decides to bury the truth.

Featuring a breakout performance from Thedin, this striking drama marks Norwegian writer-director Camilla Strøm Henriksen as one to watch.

 

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Reviews

  • An intelligent family drama refrigerated with horror-movie chills

    - Guardian