Skip to main content

KISSED BY WINTER

Norway / Sweden, 2005 (MIFF 2005, International Panorama)

Director: Sara Johnsen

KISSED BY WINTER
[Kissed by Winter] is the piercing debut feature of Sara Johnsen, its story turning on loss, repression and redemption. A doctor in Stockholm, Victoria's life is thrown into disarray by the death of her beloved son and the blame her husband feels towards her. She flees to a backwater Norwegian town where she hopes to begin a new life and escape the pain of her past. But while she escapes one death, she comes face-to-face with another. The body of an Iranian boy is discovered in the snow one icy winter morning. Initially, the police believe he has been struck by a snowplow, or perhaps even the victim of racially motivated foul play, but his death becomes suspicious when Victoria notices odd marks on his feet. Victoria's work takes her close to the boy's parents, and she also develops a relationship with Kai, the snowplow driver implicated in the boy's death. Slowly the truth is revealed and Victoria is able to face her own demons. The considerable human warmth of melancholic musing on exile and mourning will melt the hardest heart.
D/S Sara Johnsen P Jeanette Sundby S Stale Stein Berg WS Nordic Film Institute L Norwegian, Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/ 2005/84mins Sara Johnsen was born in Norway in 1970. [Kissed by Winter] (MIFF 5) is her first feature film.

See also...

SHERRYBABY

“Sherrybaby is an intensely compelling experience and marks an exciting (narrative feature) directorial debut.” - Sundance Film Festival ... American indie queen Maggie Gyllenhaal's magnetic ... More »

HEADING SOUTH

Heading South was a multi award-winner at the Venice Film Festival. ... Haiti in the 1970s may have been an island paradise for some - but it was a brutal reality for those subjected to “Baby ... More »

DESCENT, THE

“The most significant Brit chiller since 28 Days Later. 5 stars.” - Empire, UK. ... Pitched by its director as “Deliverance goes underground”, The Descent is the much-anticipated second ... More »

BETRAYAL, THE

“Telling his story in a direct, straightforward manner, (Philippe) Faucon avoids the temptation of creating action for its own sake. This is not a war film; the conflict is in the people's heads ... More »

MARY

“Its own double bill - a response to The Passion of the Christ… a fantastic amalgam of Mel Gibson and Ferrara himself.” - Village Voice Tackling issues of faith and redemption in these ... More »

EDMOND

Celebrated playwright David Mamet pulls no punches in this incendiary tale of social paranoia. William H. Macy steps up to the plate as a disgruntled businessman who throws his tedious existence to ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director