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Phoenix 15 rating

Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s astute and atmospheric adolescent drama follows a young girl having to grow up quickly in an intensely adult world.

Drama 2018 86 mins

Director: Camilla Strøm Henriksen

Overview

Caring for her mentally unstable mother Astrid (Maria Bonnevie) and younger brother Bo (Casper Falck-Løvås), teenager Jill (Ylva 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 behavior. Their estranged father Nils (Sverrir Gudnason) 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. Nothing will ruin her birthday – not when it’s a matter of survival for herself and Bo.

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