Reconstructing Utoya

by Carl Javér

Contemporary Lives

(Denmark, Sweden, Norway / 2018 / 96’)

"Do you remember?" Rakel is addressing the group of actors who, together with her, are on the stage of a theater on the island of Utoya. The same island in which, in 2011, during a Norwegian Labour Party's youth camp, a man dressed as a policeman opened fire on the crowd. At the same time a car bomb exploded in front of the prime minister's palace.  It was the most violent act in Norway from the World War II: a day that conscience cannot forget. Almost ten years later, among the dark spaces of a hangar, Norway's s pink skies and snowy horizons, four survivors are looking for a way to process pain and overcome that trauma that's forever imprinted in their eyes.

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