Børning is fast, funny and fantastically entertaining!

Børning tells the story of a burnt out racer who is challenged to an illegal street race by his nemesis. However, this is a race with a difference that runs almost the length of Norway, from Oslo to the North Cape. Naturally the police end up on their tail and half the fun is watching them evade the authorities.

Without a doubt Børning is the best film that I’ve seen so far his year. Not taking itself too seriously with the likes of furry dice and an overwhelmed speed camera, it never once stalls in either its comedy or its drama. Børning gives a courteous and clever nod to other classics of the car and racing genre such as Cannonball Run, The Fast and the Furious franchise and even references Smokey and the Bandit with the use of the classic track ‘East Bound and Down’. Yet Børning has its own distinctly Norwegian personality and I’m guessing that no race through Norway would be complete without a stunt filled ferry journey.

Surprisingly Børning has a much deeper plot than many others of its genre, though it also gives a nod to the classic trials and tribulations of racing when cars are sabotaged, stopped by police or just break down. In many ways the cars are their own characters within the film, and reflect those who drive them. That said, this is not just a film for petrol heads or those who are already fans of car orientated films, Børning really does have something for everyone. Far more than a mere racing movie,  Børning has real heart. Much as it is a race through the majestic scenery of Norway (and the film is worth watching for that alone), this is also an emotional journey for both the characters and the viewer who cannot helped but get dragged into the drama because of the engaging personal dramas being played out superbly by the cast. We have the classic father and daughter bonding going on in one car and a great buddy story in another. There is a real poignancy to much of the film, which is tempered and turned around by funny moments, which cannot help make the viewer smile or even laugh out loud.

What impressed me most about Børning was how inventive and imaginative it was. It’s all a little bit crazy, in a good way, as the writers have thought outside the box and outside the genre. The stunts are amazing and quite extreme; some literally had me holding my breath, waiting to see what happened! The soundtrack is also excellent, playing out perfectly against the film’s different moods and the music even adds to the comedy on several occasions.

It may be a very high tech production, but its lost none of that beautiful cinematography and the high quality that we’ve come to expect from Scandinavian productions in recent years. Thoroughly recommended, and highly entertaining, this is one film you really won’t want to miss out on.

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Ceri Norman

Ceri is a UK based folklorist and freelance writer with a passion for Norse Mythology and Scandinavian Film & Television. She has penned articles for a variety of magazines including the Nordic Noir Magazine, Scan Magazine and FAE Magazine on a wide range of topics, from folklore to fashion