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German businessman Carsten Neuer travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck tour guide, to drive him to the poet's home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten's wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend's pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.


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Gavagai is not just an emotional movie, but a sensual one. Tregenza's lyrical camera movements and the actors' recitations of Vesaas's poetry contribute most plainly to this effect...

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If language can mislead, Tregenza knows that it is hardly the sole mechanism for human understanding. He has made a film that, in more than one sense, is moving beyond words.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A challenging but rewarding journey.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

There are pleasures and intellectual provocations to be had here. But its attempted effects fall flat a little too often.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Gavagai offers moments of sublimity unlike anything you'll see in most contemporary movies. It also tests the patience.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an astonishment, realized with a technique and a touch that are unique in the current cinema.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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