'Ff'lo (fflo) wrote,

The Swimming News

It's a novel about odd loner Canadian adult swimming students?

I did a little better tonight. Still suck, but did a little better. Swim cap kept hair out of eyes, but not chlorine out of hair. Still, I wasn't quite so saturated with the stuff.

KC suggests swimming metaphors---good for the context, but not terribly sophisticated poetry, I imagine. Still. Moreover, she points out how the verbally adept are particularly wicked when turning upon themselves with criticism. That is to say, we can do an especially good job on ourselves, as we can always find a thousand ways to put it, and the thousand angles that go along with the thousand ways.

Or words to that effect.

Elling, by the way, is a delight. (It's a movie.) (Norwegian.)

Here are 2 more from Norway I'd like to see but can't get just yet from Netflix:

Da jeg traff Jesus... med sprettert (2000)
[When I Got Jesus ... with a Slingshot]
"I wonder... Is Jesus bulletproof?" Little Oddemann uses every means available to find Jesus, including his slingshot. The film takes us to Norway in the late 30's, where we meet a series of burlesque and humorous characters, whose antics convince Oddemann that growing up may be a bad idea. Yet Oddemann finds there are certain rewards to being grown-up, such as partying and chasing women, that merit closer examination. The film is based on a book of childhood reminiscences by beloved Norwegian poet and Jazz lyricist Odd Børretzen.

Buddy (2003)
Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth duimps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By coincidence some of Kristoffer's video diaries end up with the producer of the popular talk show "Karsten Tonight" in TV2. A few weeks later Kristoffer's life has become TV entertaiment. People love the sequences from his commune at Tøyen: Kristoffer's half-twisted view of his surroundings, his crazy best freind Geir, not to mention the weird web designer Stig Inge, who hasn't set foot outside the Tøyen shopping centre for two years. Kristoffer's future again looks bright, everyone likes him. But revealing your life on national television comes with a price tag. As Kristoffer's future in the TV business looks brighter and brighter, his friends start suffering. Geir's big secret is revealed, and Stig Inge's personal problems are much more serious than Kristoffer first thought. It will cost him a great deal to win his friends back. Kristoffer knows what he wants, but does he have enough guts to follow his heart?

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