Directed by Martin Lund (Norway, 2012). 35-year-old Henrik (Henrik Rafaelsen) is accustomed to his high-school buddies that party like they are still in their twenties. His mother still cares for him as though he were a child. And he is in a relationship that is based on fooling around. But when his girlfriend Tone (Janne Heltberg Haarseth) gets pregnant, Henrik must take a serious job, move into a duplex, cut back on the partying, and start behaving like a father to be. Like an adult. His uneasy feeling about becoming a father and an adult cause him to act out in hilariously inappropriate ways.
The Almost Man comically tells a tale of one man’s long road toward maturity and how hard it can be for some to face the prospect of growing up.
77 min. | In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Special thanks to Big World Pictures.
About the director
Martin Lund (b. 1979) was educated as an art director at Westerdals School of Communication before he was accepted to the directing program at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, graduating in 2009 with the short film Baloon Moods. This was, however, not his first film as a director: Home Game/Hjemmekamp(2004) was screened and received several awards at numerous national and international film festivals, including the Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance Film Festivals in 2005. Lund also directed the shorts Shall We Dance?/Skal vi danse? (2007) andPistachio/Pistasj (2009).
He is also a seasoned, award-winning director of commercials. For a period of time he was also employed by Kitchen, Norwegian affiliate of American advertising giant Leo Burnett. Lund made his debut as a feature film director in 2010 with Twigson Ties the Knot/Knerten gifter seg, the second film in the Twigson-franchise, one of the biggest and most successful movie franchises in Norwegian cinema history.