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

Returning Home
(Å vende tilbake)

Year: 2015
Country: NORWAY
Run Time: 75 minutes

Returning Home
Returning Home

Fredrik and Oskar are anxious because this is the day their father, Einar, has returned to rural Norway, fresh from a tour with the national army in Afghanistan. Almost immediately Einar criticizes Fredrik’s earring and calls attention to his seemingly rebellious attitude. He also seems to resent his older son’s reluctance to follow in his military footsteps. One day Einar vanishes in the frigid Norwegian wilderness, once again abandoning his two sons. Fredrik and Oskar set out to find him, embarking on a harrowing journey through picturesque mountains and fields. The further they move from civilization, the more their isolation grows. They follow a trail of clues left by their father until it becomes evident the brothers are being tested to use their wits to survive. Striking cinematography and deliberate direction highlight RETURNING HOME, a sentimental story about the after-effects of war and the bond between father and sons. (In Norwegian with subtitles) –C.P.

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Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, born in 1989, was raised in Hamar, Norway. A projectionist and enthusiastic lover of celluloid film, his short, "The Devil's Ballroom," achieved international acclaim.


Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Oskar Dahlsbakken

Sonya Richter

Principal Cast
Åsmund Høeg, Fredrik Grøndahl, Ingar Helge Gimle, Lia Boysen

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