Den brysomme mannen2006 | Norway | Jens Lien | ★★★★★
Jens Lien's exquisitely crafted The Bothersome Man is an enigmatic, thoughtfully bonkers black comedy, boasting a brilliantly deadpan central performance from Trond Fausa Aurvåg and some rather grey yet decidedly striking photography.
"Nightmarish, surreal black comedy from Norway. When Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvåg) steps off a bus in a strange city, he has no memory of how he got there. Everything seems quite normal: the people are polite, hold down jobs, socialise and have sex with each other but no-one seems to connect or take any pleasure from anything. After Andreas gets married to Anne-Britt (Petronella Barker) and starts to settle into a comfortable but emotionally void routine, he begins to question why everything and everyone seems so superficial. 'The Caretakers' who watch over the city take notice that the newcomer just isn't fitting in..." Drakes Avenue Pictures