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THE ANGEL

Norway / Sweden, 2009 (MIFF 2010, First Encounters)

Director: Margreth Olin

A compassionate account of drug dependence, adapted from the true story of a young mother's descent into heroin addiction.

A young mother-to-be finds her world crumbling around her. Witnessing her mother's abuse at the hand of a alcoholic boyfriend, she escapes into drugs and drink - a situation that becomes untenable when she gives birth to a daughter.

Originally conceived as a documentary following the life of a heroin addict, but shelved out of concern for the deteriorating state of the film's subject, Margreth Olin's fiction debut is an unflinching look at the realities of drug dependence, and a reflection on the stigma of addiction.

Features an incandescent performance from Maria Bonnevie, Norway's most celebrated actress.

D/S Margreth Olin P Thomas Robsahm WS TrustNordisk L Norwegian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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