Cool and Crazy (2001)



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Berlevag is a small city in the far north of Norway. The town has fallen on hard economic times in recent years, and many of the city's younger citizens have moved away in hopes of finding a better life elsewhere, but Berlevag still has one thing it can point to with pride -- the Berlevag Male Choir, a men's chorus that has found acclaim both at home in Norway and on concert tours overseas. Heftig Og Begeistret is a documentary directed by Knut Erik Jensen that offers an inside look at the men of the choir, whose vocalists range in age from students in their early twenties to one man in his mid-nineties, as well as the city that brought them together. Heftig Og Begeistret shows the choir performing at home in Berlevag (often outdoors, regardless of the weather), as well as on tour in Russia, where they are received with wild enthusiasm. Despite its subject and approach, neither of which would seemingly guarantee a hit at the box office, Heftig Og Begeistret turned out to be a surprise box-office success in Norway, and was warmly received at the 2001 Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Cool and Crazy

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

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Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Time Out
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So thoroughly engaging, so beautifully made, strikingly shot and chock-full of humor and humanity, I can't imagine any intelligent audience not falling in love with it.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Full Review… | April 13, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's not bad per se, but it would probably play better on the small screen.

March 28, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Far from being a collection of stoic cliches, the singers are vibrantly individual, and their stories form the film's core.

Full Review… | January 11, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Cool and Crazy, not only does music have charms to soothe the savage breast, but also warmth to melt the endless Norwegian winter.

December 20, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Cool and Crazy


If you're into "camp" this film is for you. The swings from shots of the individual "characters" in the group, to the ensemble clips singing out in blizzards and rain storms ranges from hysterically funny to charmingly "campy". One goes away thinking - "I've never seen anything like it". True true true.

bill kuhlman
bill kuhlman

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