Tatt av kvinnen. Regi: Peter Næss, Norway, 2007. Manus: Peter Næss and Johan Bogaeus, based on Erlend Loe's novel. Foto: Marius Johansen-Hansen. Musikk: Aslak Hartberg. Medv: Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Peter Stormare, Henrik Mestad, Louise Monot, Ingar Helge Gimle etc.. Norwegian language, English subtitles. 35mm, colour, 1 hour 32 minutes.
Gone with the Woman is a film about a young man’s encounter with the enigma that is love and the even greater enigma that is woman. After being invaded, seduced and conquered, our unnamed main character realizes that he has a girlfriend. How else could you explain the sudden presence of a talkative young lady in his apartment? Before long, she’s turning his life upside-down; enthusiastically rearranging the furniture while he trails after her trying to have a say in the matter. Still uncertain whether he’s particularly confident in matters concerning love or women, he decides to make an attempt to understand both of these forces. He realizes that if all parties are to have space in this relationship, he’ll have to fight for every inch of territory.
Gone with the Woman is a film version of Erlend Loe’s debut novel about a young man’s first tentative steps into the potential disaster area of love, about the female monologues that pass for dialogues, and the right of modern man to decide who wears the pants in the family.
Director Petter Næss employs bold visuals to paint this story, and this, along with the excellent casting of Trond Fausa Aurvåg and Marian Saastad Ottesen, brings Loe’s tale to life on the big screen, and does justice to the author’s ironic take on modern love.