The Man Who Loved Yngve

The Man Who Loved Yngve is a Norwegian film (note that I tend to like Norwegian films) set in 1989, around the time when the Berlin wall comes down. The main character is Jarle, a high school student. He’s the singer in a band with his best friend, and he has a great girlfriend, Katrine.

But when a new boy named Yngve shows up in class, Jarle is drawn to him. With Ynvge, Jarle learns to like music he’s never heard before and even to play tennis. But he doesn’t seem to be as devoted to the band, his family, or his girlfriend as he was before.

This is billed as a drama in the Cinequest program, and it definitely fits that description, though it certainly has many funny moments as well. I really liked it, though the fact that it had an excellent 1980’s soundtrack definitely didn’t hurt. The style reminded me a bit of the lighter moments in some early Danny Boyle movies, which is also a good thing. I’ll give it 3.5 stars out of 4 stars.

One minor point that I can’t bear to leave out. One of the local bands that they really admire is called Mighty Dogfood.

Seen on 2/27/2009 at Cinequest.


One Response to “The Man Who Loved Yngve

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