Sult (Hunger) (1966)





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Set in the late 1800s, Hunger is about a struggling, starving Norwegian writer (Per Oscarsson) who rejects charity, even though he lives penniless in the streets, because he believes in the strength of his talent. Oscarsson won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his remarkable performance. The film is based on Knut Hamsun's novel, Sult. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Per Oscarsson
as The Writer
Birgitte Federspiel
as Ylajali's Sister
Knud Rex
as Landlord
Osvald Helmuth
as Pawnbroker
Henki Kolstad
as Editor
Carl Ottosen
as Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Sult (Hunger)

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Best of all is the carefully layered lead performance by Per Oscarsson.

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A full banquet of Scandinavian angst.

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
Slant Magazine

Henning Carlsen's version of Knut Hamsun's novel plays out accordingly as harrowing tragedy of disintegration and grim comedy of intransigence.

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
Slant Magazine

The haunting characterization by Oscarsson is what gives this tale of misery its muscle and rawness.

Full Review… | August 14, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Sult (Hunger)


It?s a film about debilitated sense perception. It?s a song about madness, but not any madness the fine lines of it, it?s a painting of paranoia, it?s a playfield of a game that one outsider in 1890 is playing against himself, and the small Norwegian town he eventually gives in to and loses it with a mischievous smile.

Jesse Chelifer
Jesse Chelifer

Brilliant depiction of wandering & hunger, Oscarsson is stunning

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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