Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 80 minutes
SIFF Says:A Norwegian quilting competition and an estranged father-son relationship make up the premise of Henrick Martin Daslsbakken’s silly and heartfelt road movie GOING WEST. Kasper (Benjamin Helstad, SIFF 2016’s THE LAST KING) is a recently unemployed music teacher who receives some big news from his transgender father Georg (Ingar Helge Gimle, SIFF 2012’s KING CURLING): Kasper’s late mother was an avid quilter, and her last quilt has qualified for a major quilting competition. In an attempt to mend their tense relationship, Kasper and Georg head out for the competition on the back of a rusty motorcycle. The two have odd encounters and mini-adventures along the way; at one point they visit one of Georg’s old flames, and later Kasper gets caught up in a store robbery. GOING WEST is a mostly playful affair with splashes of drama and everyday tragedy. Daslsbakken cheerfully avoids the most tired clichés associated with the road movie genre, while his approach to Georg’s transgender identity is honest and refreshing. By the end, you’ll find yourself wishing you could stay in this film’s tender, quirky world a little longer.
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