Vegas - Gunnar Vikene - Norway
Director: Gunnar Vikene
Modern Norway is a model of the perfect society, but bad happens even in the best places. Eurochannel invites you to meet a group of youngsters for whom life seems to be very different from the Norwegian dream of perfection. Join them in their search for a better life and their deepest desire: a normal life.
Vegas is the latest feature film of Gunnar Vikene, the prolific Norwegian director known for his works in the local TV industry. Selected for the Official Competition at the International Rome Film Festival, the film takes the viewers to the core of dysfunctional families through the eyes of three youngsters bound to lose everything if they don’t change their lives.
Valued by the critics for its engaging and practical cinematographic language, with point of view and low-angle shots, Vegas crosses the boundaries to bring on the table subjects like domestic violence and drugs addiction. However, despite the tragic stories, blended when the three main characters meet, there will be space for redemption and humor.
This witty film depicts more than the problems faced by the youth these days, it offers a hopeful and moving solution to the problems parents and sons might pass through.
Vegas is the story of Thomas (Jørgen Hausberg Nilsen), Marianne (Karoline Stemre) and Terje (Sindre Kvalvåg Jacobsen)- three teenagers with nowhere to go. After witnessing his mother being physically abused, Thomas is sent to a group home for young people.
No one will tell him where his younger brother is, and Thomas vows to find him. At the refuge he meets Marianne, who always screws everything up, and Terje, who seems to be from another planet altogether. The three of them find they share a common dream, and together they embark on a journey of love, hate and trust. No one ends up where they planned, but everyone finds a home.