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Whateverest

A documentary that moves and entertains on an anonymous anti-hero of the province and his passion for electronic music.

15 – 20 | 2012 | Chronicle | Documentary | Human Nature | Norway | 2012

The beauty of micro-doc is that its formal requirements  (brevity and synthesis) obligates to discard too big and complex topics – which would require a greater deepening and the right time to fully narrate them – in favour of apparently more marginal and irrelevant stories which may anyhow contain wide and universal meanings. “Whateverst” is the perfect example of how you can succeed in this challenge. Winner of Special Jury Award at AFI Fest 2012, this documentary – yet another gem of young Norwegian filmmaker Kristofer Borgli – narrates the solitary life of 27-year-old Solem Marius Johansen aka “Inspector Norse”,an electronic music enthusiast and a failed musician himself, devoted to production of music videos and tutorials for the making homemade drugs to be published on YouTube. The documentary starts with an interview with Dutch DJ Todd Terje (whose music accompany us throughout the film) who tells the curious genesis of the popular track “Inspector Norse” directly inspired by our protagonist.

Solem Marius Johansen aka “Inspector Norse” is a “far out anti-hero ” who dresses like a sort of “contry side hipster” lacking of the key elements of self indulgency and stiff pretentiousness, typical of his urban version. His spontaneusn foolishness offers moments of great tenderness and some bitter smile, as when he explains the meaning of its own neologism “Whateverest “: the heal of his failed projects . Yet in the end is a “winner ” himself , someone who, in the algid anonymity of a small Norwegian town , decides to join the philosophy of having, as he puts it, “No bad days”: an invitation to accept your own condition, even if not fully achieved, and enjoy whatever beautiful life has anyway to offer, iincluding the sublime alienation in the hypnotic rhythms of electronic music to dance blaring in the courtyard of your own house. It’s hard  to not love him.

Listen to “Inspector Norse” by Todd Terje

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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