On 22 July 2011, more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island.
In this powerful fictional movie about the attack we get to know Kaja and her friends. The movie starts when the youngsters, shocked by the bombing in Oslo, are reassuring their relatives that they are far away from the incident. Suddenly, the safe atmosphere is shattered when shots are heard. We then follow Kaja as she tries to survive – minute by minute.
The film has the power to make our bodies catch up with our hearts.
A visceral, brutal, yet heartfelt and earnest movie.
An absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.
A stark and heartbroken monument on screen.
Harrowing, heart-breaking, and unbearably tense.
A moving homage to the very generation of Norwegians who Breivik wanted to destroy.
That the story should belong to the victims. Over time, inevitably, that is rarely the case. For these 97 minutes at least, Poppe redresses that balance.
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