*Online Premiere* A young woman arrives in Norway, does some shopping at the taxfree store, gathers her bag, waits outside for her ride. What appears to be an ordinary airport arrival slowly reveals itself as something else entirely. We learn more about the woman and her situation (for one, she has left a 6 year old son at home) and begin to piece together the true nature of her visit.
Taking the form of an unsettlingly routine procedural, the film is a quiet marvel of restraint and narrative efficiency. Reteaming writer/director Henry K. Norvalls with screenwriter Line Dalheim, the duo responsible for last year’s award-winning “Sweet Things,” both films are presented without flourish, both brilliant in their understated depictions of societal issues. Where “Sweet Things” captured a subtle form of sexism via a coffee shop job interview, “Taxfree” examines a hidden world of human commodification existing just under the the surface of a supposedly law-abiding and righteous society. Both are essential viewing. (10 minutes)
CAST: Selome Emnetu, Anders Dahlberg, Terje Hartviksen, Turid Rivertz Vatne. CREW: Director: Henry K. Norvalls. Screenwriters: Line Dalheim & Henry K. Norvalls Producer: Petter Onstad Løkke. Director of Photography: Åsmund Hasli. Editor: Thomas Grotmol. Decoration, costume and makeup: Sandra Krogh Rodum. Sound editors: Inger Elise Holm & Linda Torp. Colorist: Raymond Gangstad