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Kampen om Narvik - Hitlers Første Nederlag (2022)

War / Drama | 108 minutes
3,17 198 votes

Genre: War / Drama

Duration: 108 minuten

Alternative titles: Narvik: Hitler's First Defeat / Narvik

Country: Norway

Directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg

Stars: Kristine Hartgen, Henrik Mestad and Stig Henrik Hoff

IMDb score: 6,6 (11.361)

Releasedate: 25 December 2022

Kampen om Narvik - Hitlers Første Nederlag plot

"Hitler's First Defeat"

April 1940. The eyes of the world are on Narvik, a small town in northern Norway on the Atlantic Ocean. This is where the Iron Ore Railway from northern Sweden ends, where the purest iron ore in the world is mined. The iron ore is then shipped via Narvik. Hitler has his eye on the iron ore to keep his war machine running. The Allies are doing everything they can to prevent this. Through two months of fierce winter war, Hitler is finally inflicted here with his first defeat.

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avatar van mjk87


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In itself a nice history, the war in Norway is usually not the subject of films. So instructive, those battles in the mountains / fjords are also different for a change and that this is a Norwegian victory but which was ultimately of no use (Norway was eventually conquered by the Germans) makes this also special. At times it is all well shot. And it's nice that this is a European production where people speak Norwegian, German, French or English as needed, and not just English with a vague accent.

However, the film is somewhat disappointing. Many scenes look a bit small-scale (budget?), the plot with Ingrid does not work in this film, distracts and also disturbs and certainly in the beginning there must be some pace. In the end, a film that is okay at times, but sometimes looks a bit too much for drama and is not always convincing. 2.5*.

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avatar van Brandt


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Narvik tells an interesting story from WWII that I didn't know yet. In April/May 1940, the Allies fight side by side to inflict their first defeat on the Germans, although they cannot enjoy it for long. The stake is the availability of iron ore from neutral Sweden (which continued to supply the Germans). We follow Corporal Gunnar Tofte who fights for his country and his wife Ingrid who, as an interpreter, finds herself in a difficult position when she is asked to interpret for the Germans. The choice she has to make at one point between betrayal and her son is an interesting one that could have been worked out better. Unfortunately, the story is rather rushed towards the end and as a viewer you are left with a number of questions. The romance also feels rather out of place. In short, a film about an interesting subject that will not go down in the books as a masterpiece.

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Fisico (moderator films)

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Decent, but not a great film adaptation of a lesser-known piece of WWII history. An interesting story, yes, but ultimately no more than a footnote in history. It reminds me a bit of the Battle of the Golden Spurs in “Flanders” in 1302, which turned out to be a Pyrrhic victory. It also happens to Narvik after the German machine came to a standstill with the help of the French and British. But it turns out that they were gone a little later and Narvik was razed to the ground by the Germans.

With many such films, the focus is too often and too much on a romanticized fictional family with a hero. Little depth and rather fragmentary in nature by occasionally giving an explanation of what happened with info lines.

But the movie is quite enjoyable. Always nice to hear everyone speaking in their own language. And despite the perhaps limited budget, the action moments looked pretty good.

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