Norway of the end of the XIX century. The son of the miller Yukhannes (Jacob Oftebro) since the childhood loves landowner daughter Victoria (Iben M. Akerliye), and over time it loves it. But while Yukhannes gets education and becomes the known poet and the writer, the family of the girl appears on the verge of bankruptcy, and parents convince Victoria to marry for attractive and well-founded, but unloved Otto (Bill Skarsgard). The offended Yukhannes gets the novel with the girl whom it is no time rescued, when it sank. But his heart still belongs to Victoria, and her feelings too in the course of time do not wither.
Imagine that you cut out everything from "Eugene Onegin" that made it «the encyclopedia of Russian life», left only naked plot and transferred turned out on the screen. What you just removed? Everything, but only not the screen version of the great Pushkin novel in verses. Because for "Onegin", of course, it is important that Tatyana loves Evgeny and that that kills Lensky on duel. But author’s retreats and descriptions where it is more important than plot peripetias and if not to transfer at least their part, it is better not to address at all to the ingenious book.
Bill Skarsgard the-junior brother of actor Alexander Skarsgard from series «Real blood» and the average son of actor Stellan Skarsgarda from "Torah" and "Nymphomaniacs"
The story "Victoria" of the Norwegian classic Knut Hamsun is arranged not how "Eugene Onegin", and its plot emphasizing class prejudices of society of an eyelid before last where it is more important for the book, than a plot for the Pushkin novel. But nevertheless Gamsun’s which has made it popular not only in Norway the magic, but also in Russia (the novel «The master and Margarita» as speak, it was partly inspired by "Victoria"), not in love passions of heroes, and in how these passions are described. If "Onegin" is a novel in verses, "Victoria’s" many author’s passages is a poetry in prose, words and images of delightful beauty. Without this beauty and poetry "Victoria" – only banal мелодрамка moreover and with a clumsy plot. No less than "Onegin" – quite ridiculous story if to reduce it to naked action.
Torun Lian – the unique Norwegian postanovshchitsa who has received a personal film prize of Ingmar Bergman (this award since 1978 the well-known Swedish director awarded, did not die yet in 2007)
Unfortunately, the known writer in Norway and Torun Lian’s postanovshchitsa of it whether did not feel, whether did not manage to transfer. Her "Victoria" meticulously reproduces almost all events of the story and almost literally recreates many gamsunovsky dialogues. The era in the film too is recreated excellently – at least, in our opinion. Probably, the Norwegian experts (or experts across Norway) can make out in the film historical mistakes, but to us to eyes rushed nothing.
All this, however, is not important, because magic textures of words from "Victoria’s" author’s descriptions are not transferred in the film words, equally poetical and powerful visual images. And all – the birdie departed, and the audience managed only a cage, a sobytiyny outline without an author’s embroidery. From the film it is possible to learn that happened with "Victoria’s" heroes, but you for anything on it will not understand, why of the story became engrossed in reading far from Oslo.
That is even worse, the viewer not reading Gamsun can consider that "Victoria" – long ago the outdate ceremonious tediousness which is nowadays capable to carry away historians of literature only enamoured of the XIX century. Though enough to open the book and to read pair of pages, to understand – is not present, this still remarkable work. Even in Russian translation which for certain lost something.