Kongens nei

September 19th, 2017


Kongens nei

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Erik Poppe

Stars: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics

On the 9th of April 1940, the German war machine arrive in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.

Writers: Harald Rosenløw-Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland, Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Katharina Schüttler, Erik Hivju, Svein Tindberg, Arthur Hakalahti, Juliane Köhler, Ketil Høegh, Andreas Lust, Gerald Pettersen, Jan Frostad, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Hans Jacob Sand, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jesper Christensen - H.M. Kong Haakon VII
Anders Baasmo Christiansen - H.K.H. Kronprins Olav
Karl Markovics - Gesandter Curt Bräuer
Tuva Novotny - H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Märtha
Katharina Schüttler - Anna Elisabeth ('Anneliese') Bräuer
Erik Hivju - Oberst Birger Eriksen
Svein Tindberg - Peder Anker Wedel Jarlsberg
Arthur Hakalahti - Menig Fredrik Seeberg
Juliane Köhler - Frl. Diana Müller
Ketil Høegh - Utenriksminister Halvdan Koht
Andreas Lust - Oberstleutnant Hartwig Pohlman
Gerald Pettersen - Statsminister Johan Nygaardsvold
Jan Frostad - Stortingspresident Carl Joachim Hambro
Rolf Kristian Larsen - Sersjant Brynjar Hammer
Hans Jacob Sand - Forsvarsminister Birger Ljungberg


Official Website: Official site

Country: Norway

Language: Norwegian, German, Danish, Swedish

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

Erik Poppe's history depiction "The King's Choice" (original title "Kongens nei") is about the Norwegian royal King and governments reaction to being invaded by Hitler-Germany on the 9th of April 1940.

Erik Poppe has made the brilliant "Trouled water", "Hawaii Oslo", "Schpaaa" and "A thousand times good night", but has outdone himself here, maybe only equaled by "Troubled water". The script is based upon the history telling book by Roy Jacobsen, and is written by Norwegian novelist and re-known script writer Harald Rosenløw-Eeg.

The film depicts what happened in the of the most defining days of the Norwegian democracy, where the Danish born king, after 35 years after being chosen as the King of Norway after his arrival in 1905, when Norway decided to become a kingdom. We also follow the Norwegian government, and how the military reacted to the shock of being invaded by the Third Reich power.

I must say that this film simply could not be depicted more correctly. Except for the King and the Crown prince actually was driven in a newer DeSoto, which only war nerds and aficionados would know, this is painstakingly accurate.

The film is no action movie, but a historic drama, and as such it fulfills my expectations as the best Norwefian war movie to date. Though the film has some action filled sequences, the main thing is the choices that has to be made which defines this drama. And not only the King's choice, but also the when fie was to be called against the war ships and the German troops in their chase of the king. The troubled government which not at all were able to show the same determination as the king, and so on. Many difficult choices.

The film isn't at all afraid of dwelling at these choices, and this makes my day. The film making is really heartfelt, and the instruction of the actors are superb. Danish actor Jesper Christensen is simply jaw-dropping in his role as King Haakon the 7th, and Anders Baasmo Christensen isn't far behind in his role as Crown Prince Olav. However, Austian actor Karl Markovics is simply stunning as Kurt Bräuer. And I could go on. Many great roles! Poppe is a criminally great instructor and director.

And it would have been a catastrophe of epic proportions if this film had taken short cuts. Thank God they didn't. The film is not only accurate and defining history telling, it's also a mile stone in Norwegian cinema and film history.


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