English title: It's me that you want (my translation)
I watched this film at the Cinematheque in Oslo, and before the screening there was a live interview with the sole actor of the film Andrea Bræin Hovig
. The interview was less interesting than it could have been. Sadly the interviewer was more interested in his own attempts at wit than the subject of the interview. When Bræin Hovig got a chance to speak, however, her observations and insights were
interesting. In particular I found her approach to playing roles that deals with touchy subjects interesting. She said she did not try to understand or rationalise, but rather explore and observe her character.
The film itself is 53 minutes of monologue where Henriette (played by Bræin Hovig) is talking into the camera. Ten years ago Henriette, then a 30-something teacher, had an affair with one of her pupils, a then 15 year old boy. This is an actual story that happened in a school in Oslo, and the film is a reenactment of real interviews with the former teacher. It tells the story from her side. Without trying to moralize or absolve her actions she tells about how the affair unfolded, and how this affected her life, career and reputation. And how friends, family and society in general reacted when the affair became known. The film is carried solely by Bræin Hovigs strong performance and the sober camera work. With practically no effects — most of the film is in black and white — it's her performance that makes the story come alive, and pulls the viewer in with her.
A very special film. Highly recommended!