By Will Barber Taylor
Women & Wine tells about the fear of losing a friend. Turid is attending her friend’s fifty years anniversary. During the party she comes to realize she is no longer amongst her closest. Thus, Turid starts a game to make her mark, and the party turns out to involve much more than singing and wine.
Women & Wine is a fascinating, funny and utterly endearing short which combines the most interesting elements of traditional short form comedy with a new spin on the medium. Set in Norway’s beautiful wintery landscape, the film sees Turid (Played wonderfully by Marit A. Andreassen) go on a journey whilst reuniting with her old friends – a journey to find her true self. The concept of finding ones’ true self has been explored in film constantly throughout the ages and Liv Karin Dahlstrøm brilliantly brings this story to life in a new and inventive way. Dahlstrøm artfully breathes life into her short and creates an atmosphere of drama and comedy which perfectly intertwine to make the film a unique and enjoyable success. The combination of comedy and tragedy perfectly reflects the internal struggle that we all have as we get older.
The cast is all excellent, particularly Marit A. Andreassen as Turid. She gives the character both a great deal of empathy and an impish humour which is extremely enjoyable to watch. Andreassen is extremely photogenic and ensures that the audience is always captivated by her performance and the story.
With a wonderful cast, an excellent script and great direction Women & Wine is an inventive, adventures and ultimately excellent tale of embracing age and how we change over time. It is a film that is filled life and the true joy of what being alive means. I highly recommend it.