Director: Petter Vennerød, Svend Wam
Starring: Øyvin Bang Berven, Birgitte Victoria Svendsen, Petter Vennerød, Hilde Grythe, Lasse Lindtner
Three adult couples and their children have decided to move in to a big house together and create their own little community within those walls. They have been working on the house for an entire year and are getting ready to hold a big welcoming party with all their friends.
However, this process hasn’t been painless and since they now live together, all of their weaknesses and relationship problems are out in the open. There is no place to hide their insecurities anymore and when the party starts, relationship starts to ends.
Drømmeslottet (the direct english translation being The Dream Castle) is another one of Wam and Vennerød’s films that are filled with social commentaries or rather critiques of the norwegian society. The commentaries are too dated for me to even attempt to understand, but Drømmeslottet is still an interesting watch for the characters themselves.
Thomas (Øyvin Bang Berven) is a psychologist who enjoys analyzing other people, but dislikes to look within himself. His wife is Trine-Lise (Birgitte Victoria Svendsen), a pregnant woman who writes theater plays. Trine-Lise has had a previous relationship with Anders (Lasse Lindtner), an arrogant lawyer who enjoys show his successful self off in front of others. The two of them are also sleeping around with each other without their spouses knowing.
Kjersti (Mari Maurstad) is the wife of Anders. She is a very traditional lady who also seems to have a weird obsession with helping out troubled young boys. And the last couple is made up of Arild (Petter Vennerød), a bearded hippie looking fella who is letting his own insecurities and depression affect his relationship with his wife Mona (Hilde Grythe), who is a very strong feminist. She is also having a secret relationship with Thomas. To spice things up even further, Kjersti ends up in bed with the teenage punker son of one of the couples (I failed to notice who he belongs to, hopefully not Kjersti and Anders although it wouldn’t surprise me).
The clashes between these different personalities result in some very over the top and wacky dialogue. The actors are better than what you would expect in a film like this and makes it sort of work, at least at times. Lindtner looks like he is having the time of his life playing Anders and I could see him doing an even more sadistic part very well. Seeing Maurstad in the nude however was almost shocking. She has always come off as a very family friendly and classy lady on TV and I would never have guessed that she would have done any nudity in her past, but she does look very good here though so I’m happy with her decision.
The film has plenty of pointless scenes that make no sense to me at all, but for once Vennerød and Wam did manage to make the ending work. There is also enough perversion to have fun with aswell, including a scene in a sauna where a few of the couples are sitting in the nude and the young teenage punker starts to jerk off in front of them.
Drømmeslottet might not be a great film, but it was a fascinating experience for me. Most people might be put off by the over the top characters, but I don’t think they were meant to be taken very serious to begin with. It’s biggest flaw for me however is that I am unable to understand what the filmmakers were trying to say.