Espen Sandberg (2019)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This Norwegian biopic of polar explorer Roald Amundsen offers an overview on the great national hero, tracing his conquest of the South Pole and subsequent Arctic exploits while examining the driven psyche behind his iconic achievements. Hagiography it is not as, by exploring its subject's life from the perspective of his estranged brother, the film balances Amundsen's extraordinary adventures against a self-involved and often ruthless personality. Pal Sverre Hagen's steely central performance certainly doesn't sugar the pill, and one can understand Amundsen's anger at the churlish British reaction to his beating Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole (Amundsen was berated for his use of polar dogs as both sled-pullers and food supply). Handsomely mounted and facilitated by polished visual effects, Espen Sandberg's film is often as chilly as the frozen tundra it depicts, but is worth persevering with if you're unfamiliar with the fascinating biographical details.


Premiere. Film drama telling the life story of explorer Roald Amundsen. Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald became fascinated by the polar wildernesses. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues. Starring Pal Sverre Hagen and Katherine Waterston. In Norwegian and English.

Cast & Crew

Roald Amundsen Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen
Leon Amundsen Christian Rubeck
Bess Magids Katherine Waterston
Fridtjof Nansen Trond Espen Seim
Kiss Bennett Ida Ursin-Holm
Director Espen Sandberg
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian / EnglishColour