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LOVE AND THE SEA

Odd Børretzen (1926-2012) was a Norwegian writer, illustrator and vocalist, well known for his humorous and satirical voice. In 1995 he gave out the album "Noen ganger er det all right (Sometimes it's all right), with it's witty and philosophical songs the album became a great hit in Norway and Børretzen's fame reached it's top. 

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This film was made when Teigen and her team joined Børretzen on a trip in his sailboat in the fjord around his hometown Tønsberg. 

 

In the film, Børretzen says the following of his period of illness:

"You get a great degree of gratitude for both illness and care. I was a much better person after the illness than both before and now, because unfortunately it comes back again. I had a great capacity for gratitude and for pity. There were things I heard about in the news that were completely unbearable, for example, about people who were in pain and such. The tears flowed. But then you close yourself off more and build up your defensive walls and take it more head on over time. Presumably good for the mind. [...] You become completely receptive – both for better and for worse."

 

Teigen also asked questions about Børretzen's view about gender equality: 

"When the feminist uprising came in the 70s, I noticed myself that I was quite male chauvinistic without having been aware of it. I actually thought they made demands that were unreasonable. I thought it was reasonable that they realized they should be in the kitchen looking after the kids. It took some time before I found out that this is naturally wrong. There were inherited opinions and attitudes that it took me a while to realize that I actually had myself. I think I'm a relatively logical thinking person, so quite quickly I found out that of course it's right: women have exactly the same rights and have the right to do what they want just as we men have felt. But I realized that there was something in me, the old stubbornness that I had inherited from our culture. I think it was nice that it came. Where has it gone? Where did the women's case go?"

 

Review from Dagbladet 10.1.2000:

"It's strange about Børretzen; put him at sea, preferably aboard his own ship, ask him some careful questions and he will say something new. At the very least, he provides subtle variations on old themes. As xenophobia, for example: - It is natural to be afraid of the foreign. But we are human. We cannot allow ourselves to be afraid of others the way animals in the forest are presumably afraid of other animals in the forest, said Odd. And about love: At its purest, it is real. And then it is important that the one you love is doing well in this world, regardless of how you are doing yourself. He didn't say much about the sea other than the Swedish poem he had once learned: The sea is big and wet.

(...) It was summer and sea in this half hour on the fjord. And there was humor and hope.”

TEAM

ULF BREISTRAND OG LENE THERESE TEIGEN
Consept, directors

LENE THERESE TEIGEN

Interviews

LARS MARTYIN MYHRE

Music

JON ARNE WOLD

Photo

HELGE TJELTA

Sound

JAN AKSEL ANGELTVEIT OG JAN ARNE WOLD

Edit

ULF BREISTRAND

Skipper

PÅL ØIE

Producer Nordisk Film og TV


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