A Storm for Christmas: A Non-Spoiler Review

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Poster for A Storm for Christmas. Christmas tree with red baubles plus a wooden reindeer and a circular decoration with a plane on it

🇳🇴 A STORM FOR CHRISTMAS 🇳🇴

A Storm for Christmas is a Norwegian limited series on Netflix internationally. 6 episodes of 28-38 minutes. Rated 15 U.K. In Norwegian, Spanish, Danish, Swedish and English with subtitles. Dubbing is also available.

Premise:

“Follows a group of people who arrive at Oslo airport, some to welcome their loved ones, some to fly home to their families, and others who want to fly away and escape Christmas.” IMDb

Cast:

Dennis Storhøi as Arthur Berg – The Pianist
Maibritt Saerens as Ronja – The Priest
Jan Gunnar Røise as David – The Traveller
Jon Øigarden as Marius – The Bartender
Ariadna Cabrol as Maria – The Mother
Sus Noreen Jondahl Wilkins as Stine – The Mistress
Ravdeep Singh Bajwa as Olav – The Pilot
Valter Skarsgård as Henrik – The Handler
Ibrahim Faal as Alex – The Santa
Talia Lorentzen as Kaja
Thea Sofie Loch Næss as Sara
Ida Elise Broch as Ida – The Popstar
Evelyn Rasmussen Osazuwa as Ingvild – The Assistant
Hanna Ardéhn as Diana – The Romantic
Line Verndal as Trine – Kaja’s Mother
Oscar Jean as Sindre – Kaja’s Father
Gard Øyen as Abba
Kalle Hennie as Asle – The Bodyguard
Kyrre Hellum as Frank – The Taxi Driver
Carmen Gloria Pérez as Thea – The Security Officer
Alexandra Rapaport as Bobbie

Crew:


Writers: Lars Saabye Christensen, Jan Trygve Røyneland, Per-Olav Sørensen
Director: Per-Olav Sørensen
Composer: Peter Baden
Cinematographer: Hallgrim Haug
Editors: Erik Thorvald Aster, Anders Bergland, Veslemøy Blokhus Langvik
Production Designer: Mie Gjersen Hansen
Costume Designer: Oddfrid Ropstad

Locations:

Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, Norway
Oslo, Norway

Review:

Over the years I have spent many hours in very many airports. I‘ve also had the delight some years ago of having a flight cancelled (having been boarded for hours!) because of freezing weather and at least an inch of snow (hey, this was Heathrow so, not enough de-icers for the plane and Southern “softie” England). I’ve sat in airport lounges and people-watched (endlessly fascinating) and listened to someone play the piano. I too have been forced to listen to a very loud work-related mobile phone conversation in a lounge by someone who decided that wandering around to spread the “pain” was a great idea. I’ve seen families argue (heck, I’ve been there!), people be rude to staff, and people get too drunk to board the aircraft… I’ll shut up now but, suffice to say, there is much about A Storm for Christmas that I can directly relate to.

How much did I love this series? A lot! It is funny, rude, poignant, romantic, downright sad, and surprising with some great drama and characters. Some of the characters I loved (Ibrahim Faal’s foul-mouthed Santa being just one) and others I really didn’t warm to at first (heck, the woman holding that loud phone conversation resurrected all the pent-up anger in flashback form for me). But by the end, every single character had their own story arc and I really cared about them.

Parts of this were a little cheesy but after all, if you can’t be a bit cheesy at Christmas when can you? I loved the nods to movies such as Home Alone.

I especially appreciated that the themes in this were sketched clearly and that it explored the true meaning of family (in its widest sense) and of Christmas itself. And no, that is not the hideously expensive presents that the kids sitting on Santa’s knee keep rolling off their list. As a former preschool teacher I did, however, laugh more than I probably ought to have at Santa being weed upon.

Every single performance in this was really good. I loved the realism and honesty of the dialogue. It was lovely to see Dennis Storhøi again (following in from Troll and Home for Christmas etc.) as I’ve been a big fan of his since The 13th Warrior last century (truly, 1999).

I really liked the way that this was directed, the pacing, the cinematography and the way that music was used. The general atmosphere is great! Parts of this series made me laugh out loud whereas others brought a tear to my eye.

I classify myself as a fan of this show. Although there are inherently sad parts it is, overall, an uplifting and very entertaining watch. Each episode flew by at the speed of a snowflake caught in a winter storm and I loved it all. Starting and ending with Santa was perfect.

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1 Comment

  1. Davina, your review had me at the idea of spending Christmas in Norway.,, The introduction was fascinating strikes the imagination of all viewers of what all this film could possibly detail. Christmas holidays can be exciting, fun and even devastating family times. I chuckled as reading the review which naturally peaked my interest in watching yet another commercially produced holiday show… This series sounds fantastic as many I’ve experienced that you’ve reviewed …

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