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|Originaltitel:||Utøya 22 juli|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
There is excitement among the youth in a summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya when they learn about bomb attacks in Oslo. Some of the children are worried about their relatives, others are actively discussing the political situation in the country. When suddenly shots are fired, the terror comes directly on the small island idyll. 18-year-old Kaja (Andrea Berntzen) flees into the forest with a few other youths, but then returns to the camp despite the danger to look for her younger sister. This is followed by around 90 terrible minutes of fear and death that will traumatise the whole of Norway for years…
The horrible terrorist attack that killed 69 people on the small island of Utøya on 22 July 2011 will be dealt with in the real-time drama by Erik Poppe in a very haunting way. The film, shot in one shot, deliberately refrains from showing the assassin or naming him by name. In "Utøya 22 July" the victims should be the focus of attention. The viewer experiences the events from the perspective of Kaja, a fictitious character. Of course, this is anything but entertainment cinema. Rather, it is a shattering experience to which one has to get involved.
Because it happens that the camera with the protagonists lingers on the forest floor for several minutes or pans completely confused through the area, past panic-stricken teenagers or killed people. That's exhausting and gruelling - and that's exactly what it's supposed to be. Poppe wants the audience to feel the confusion, fear and helplessness of the people who actually wanted to spend their holidays on the island that day.
Of course this cannot succeed at all. But with the means available to him as a filmmaker, Poppe comes terribly close to reality. The only question that arises is: Does it have to be? Who would want to voluntarily expose themselves to something like this? Who goes to the movies to feel bad afterwards? Those who would reach such a film would never watch it. So it is difficult to say whether a work like "Utøya 22 July" really makes sense - except to show what power cinema can have. But in the end everybody has to know for himself if he wants to be sprinkled in the cinema or if he wants to go on a trip full of unfortunately very real horror. Alone for its emotionally disturbing power this film deserves to be seen!
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