Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Bothersome Man
(Den brysomme mannen)

Year: 2006
Country: NORWAY
Language: Norwegian
Run Time: 95 minutes

The Bothersome Man

After a failed suicide attempt, Andreas arrives in an unfamiliar city with no memory of how he got there. Greeted by a man with an absurdly large welcome banner, he is quickly doled out the necessities of life: job, wife, and apartment. The city seems relatively like the world Andreas is familiar with, but there are some peculiarities that are difficult to ignore – the people have no emotional connections and the alcohol doesn't get one drunk. Presented as a surrealist utopia, the city is run by "caretakers" who see to the perfection of their municipality; appearances are all that matter. Watching Andreas closely, they are concerned with his inability to fit in. Increasingly stifled by his new surroundings, Andreas decides to escape – only to find there is no way out. Lost in a world where only the superficial matters, Andreas finds himself right back where he started. A dark comedy that manages hilarious moments of slapstick, BOTHERSOME MAN takes a hard, relevant, and well executed stand against consumerism and conformity. (In Norwegian with English subtitles) –J.B.H.

CIFF31 Screenings

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 11:45 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Friday, March 23, 2007 at 9:45 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Screenplay
Per Schreiner

Director
Jens Lien

Producer
Jørgen Storm Rosenberg

Cinematography
John Christian Rosenlund

Editing
Vidar Flataukan

Principal Cast
Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen, Johannes Joner

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of JAMES S. ANDERSON and DAVID W. WITTKOWSKY.

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