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Film Review: “1001 Grams” (2014) ★★★★


Have you ever tried to measure happiness? How to define the level of sadness or disappointment on scale? Where is the top or the bottom level of life balance you have been looking for? Norwegian scientist, Marie works for Norwegian Metrology Center. Her primarily duty is to measure anything precisely to ensure that it doesn’t get heavier or lighter under any circumstance. When Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, she finds nothing but her own measurement of disappointment, grief, and love on the scale which she left alone to measure it…

1001 Grams is a highly intelligent movie which takes a philosophical approach to a person’s life who struggles after the only person in her life passes away – her father, Ernst. In the beginning, we find Marie coming back from the city, where she had a late breakfast with her lawyer. The same day, she visits her old father, who sometimes drinks more alcohol than he can handle. In the meantime, the viewer is constantly brought back to Marie’s big and empty room, where she quietly sits alone with a glass of wine. In those scenes, she never delivers a single line, however, it tells more than words can describe. And that is shown twice to highlight the emptiness and loneliness of Marie who is yet to find balance in her life.

Things also change when Marie’s father suffers a serious heart attack. And now she must travel alone in Paris to attend the seminar at the International Bureau of Weight and Measures, where she gets a chance to look at her life from a different perspective.  No matter how Marie is good at measuring the weight, she finds herself in the middle of a hurricane that strikes her quite uneventful life making it difficult for her to reach the center of it.

1001 Grams, directed by Bent Hamer, is one of those films where the idea is given through its plot, but the meaning of it is expected to be fathomed by the viewer through analysis. The opportunity to expand the viewer’s mind in this film is enormous and endless. Even though the movie may appear a bit slow, however, is never boring. In the end, Hamer offers an excellent tool which will allow you to do your own measurement of your life, its endless cycle. And of course, to be able to control the weight of your mood and happiness in your own way… which is never easy.


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