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by Margreth Olin


Lea grows up in a home in which she is given no protection. From being a cheerful, curious little girl, Lea sees her life brutally change when her mother returns to her ex-husband Ole. The death dance between the two adults damages the child growing up between them. Lea turns to inebriation in order to cope with everyday life in her family. Then Lea gives birth to her daughter Sonja. She wants to make a clean break with her family and start a new life. She wants to take care of her child, provide her with the protection she herself was deprived of. But Lea soon realizes she is lacking this ability, and consequently has to make an impossible decision.

international title: The Angel
original title: Engelen
country: Norway, Sweden, Finland
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Margreth Olin
release date: NO 01/08/2009
screenplay: Margreth Olin
cast: Maria Bonnevie, Gunilla Röör, Antti Reini, Börje Ahlstedt, Benjamin Helstad, Emir Mulasmanovic
cinematography by: Kim Hiorthøy
film editing: Helge Billing
art director: Åsa Isacsson
costumes designer: Karen Fabritius Gram
producer: Thomas Robsahm
production: Speranza Film, Periferia Productions Oy, Sveriges Television (SVT), Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK)
backing: Finnish Film Foundation
distributor: Sandrew Metronome

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