Art of Negative Thinking, The

Narrative Feature


Green Hills Cinema - Theater 16 Thu, Apr 17, 2008 9:30 PM
Green Hills Cinema - Theater 4 Sat, Apr 19, 2008 7:30 PM
A dark and hilarious story about a depressed but bitterly funny and articulate paraplegic who rejects the sympathy his injury generates and the fiasco that results when a “municipal positivity” group comes to their home. Preceded by the film "Three Towers."


Norway 2007, 79 min.

In Norwegian with English subtitles

DIR/SCR Bard Breien PROD Dag Alveberg CAM Gaute Gunnari ED Zaklina Stojcevska MUSIC Stein Berge Svendsen CAST Fridtjov Saheim, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Henrik Mestad, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Kari Simonsen, Per Schaaning, Kjersti Holmen

At times both horrific and gut-wrenchingly hilarious, The Art of Negative Thinking is a stunning debut film. Director Bard Breien and actor Fridtjov Saheim have created a countercultural hero for the ages. Geirr is a depressed but bitterly funny and articulate paraplegic (with a thing for Johnny Cash) who rejects the sympathy his injury generates. Given his isolation, weapons fixation, self-medication and bitterness, his girlfriend Ingvild doesn't know how to handle him any longer. She invites a "municipal positivity group" (as deadly as it sounds) to their home. Geirr, still refusing to see anything in a positive light, forces everyone through a tunnel of desperation, anguish and hopelessness, before the day dawns and they once again catch sight of light, if only a glimmer. Much of the film's quiet intensity comes from the authenticity of the performances - making for a brilliantly observed, pitch black, decidedly non-p.c. comedy. In The Art of Negative Thinking, Breien combines light and dark in a perfectly balanced composition, giving us much to chew on amidst the laughs.

Preceded by Three Towers (Yoni Benovim, United Kingdom 2006, 12 min.). In remote rural Italy, the routine of an old farm couple is altered after a chance meeting with a Scottish tourist who tells them about two buildings that have just collapsed in New York.


Stine Oppegaard Norwegian Film Institute