Clorox, Ammonia and Coffee

Director: Mona J. Hoel

Norway| 2004. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby stereo. 105 min.

This wickedly humorous film is set in a small community where work and duty are valued above all. Maria, a pregnant single mother and fish-counter assistant, finds herself in urgent need of money. When she robs Jesus, a local shopkeeper, everyone’s double lives are exposed and so are the flaws that make them necessary. Thanks to a series of very fine performances, the characters develop into intimate and heartbreaking individuals trapped in complex, messy lives. The anarchic wit gives way to surreal stylistic flourishes befitting the breezy social critique of writer-director Mona J. Hoel.

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