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Be bothered about 'The Bothersome Man'

 Date:25/05/2007 - 28/06/2007
 Type:Culture, Film
 Location:England, London

Hailed as a cross between David Lynch and Jacques Tati, Norwegian film 'The Bothersome Man' returns to the capital after making it into the London Film Festival last year. The film, described as 'wonderfully surreal viewing', runs at the ICA.

Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities. The ominous ”Caretakers”, who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep an increasing watch over Andreas as they find he doesn’t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there’s no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has the same longings as himself. Hugo has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to ”the other side”? A new plan for escape is hatched.

The Bothersome Man, directed by Jens Lien, describes a world not unlike our own. A sarcastic and tinted view of our affluent lives in the Nordic countries. A society where all problems have been ironed out. Empathy has become surplus – an empty friendliness has taken its place. Kitchen furnishings have replaced love, and social rituals have replaced friendship. Normality in all its grotesqueness.

In The Bothersome Man there is neither death nor dreams, and no love either. When Andreas Ramsfjell arrives in this society, everything has been laid out for him. He is given a place to stay, a job and clothes. He is handed a life. Not unlike the destiny of a refugee coming to Norway.

The film describes total loneliness in a world that has everything – but that’s also all it has. A society which has lost something along the way in its quest for perfection. A dead society.

The film takes place in a parallel universe, or the life after death. Our main character is the only one who seems human, with his feelings and needs intact. Through his desperation and despair we can relate and maybe take a look at how we lead our own lives.

"Intriguing satirical comedy...oddball futuristic fun" Time Out
"Delightfully droll... bone-dry black comedy" Variety
Winner: Black Tulip, Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival.

The Bothersome Man
25 - 29, 31 May - 13 , 16 - 19, 21 - 26, 28 Jun 2007
ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: £8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members
Two-for-one tickets on all opening Friday & Saturday screenings.
Box office open daily 12pm - 9.15pm, call 020 7930 3647 - or to book online,
click here.



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'The Bothersome Man' was the winner of the Black Tulip at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival.

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