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Beyond Sleep (2016)

A young geologist ventures out into the vast tundra of northern Norway to finish his research on meteorite craters, only to get hopelessly lost in both the wilderness and his own mind.

Director:

Boudewijn Koole

Writers:

Willem Frederik Hermans (novel), Boudewijn Koole (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Reinout Scholten van Aschat Reinout Scholten van Aschat ... Alfred
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jakop Ahlbom Jakop Ahlbom ... Father of Alfred
Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd ... Inger-Marie (as Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd)
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Mikkelsen
Zoi Gorman ... Giant Woman
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Arne
Thorbjørn Harr ... Qvigstad
Espen Prestbakmo Espen Prestbakmo ... Blond Man
Tuva Prestbakmo Tuva Prestbakmo ... Girl with Dog
Nina Takvannsbukt Nina Takvannsbukt ... Female Police Officer
Per Tofte Per Tofte ... Professor Nummedal
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A young man's mythical quest for a stone that fell from the sky. He searches, stumbles and suffers as he traverses the sadistic universe of Northern Europe. He only finds redemption on the very edge of madness. Based on the iconic Dutch novel 'Nooit meer slapen' by Willem Frederik Hermans.

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Country:

Netherlands | Norway

Language:

Norwegian | English | Dutch

Release Date:

11 February 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Nooit Meer Slapen See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,655
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2.35 : 1
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Based on the 1966 novel 'Nooit Meer Slapen' by Willem Frederik Hermans. See more »

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Expectations and disillusions
11 March 2016 | by albertusjohannesmariaSee all my reviews

When I was at high school, long ago, I read the 1966 novel on which this movie is based: Nooit Meer Slapen (Never sleep again) by the late Dutch writer W.F. Hermans. The book read like a slow burner on existentialism and loneliness in the Norwegian wilderness.

I was pleasant surprised that this story was finally made into a movie.

Beyond Sleep leans heavily on close ups of leading man Reinout Scholten van Aschat who plays a young geologist searching for meteor impacts in Norway. He is beautiful with his green eyes and red beard. Scholten van Aschat is a real cinematographer's dream. The agony and anguish he has to play is inarticulate because he is a typical polite Dutch boy who doesn't complain easily.

Betrayal is the main topic. On screen there is a lot of controlled anger (that gives the movie a thriller element) and the counterpart of that, delusions and paranoid hallucinations. Fate and irony overwhelm the young geologist. The results of the expedition are the total opposite of the expectations.


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