Junk Mail

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime

A wry, bleak Norwegian film about a lonely mail man, a deaf dry cleaner and their melancholy lives. Oslo postman Roy (Robert Skjaerstad) has some unique ideas about his job. Faced with delivering a voluminous mass mailing, he dumps the unwanted letters in a secret hole by some railroad tracks; intrigued by someone whose mail he delivers, Roy sheds his...read more

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A wry, bleak Norwegian film about a lonely mail man, a deaf dry cleaner and their melancholy lives. Oslo postman Roy (Robert Skjaerstad) has some unique ideas about his job. Faced with delivering a voluminous mass mailing, he dumps the unwanted letters in a

secret hole by some railroad tracks; intrigued by someone whose mail he delivers, Roy sheds his slacker skin and turns voyeur, stealing letters and peeping into their lives. When Line (Andrine Saether), a girl he's been eyeing, leaves her keys in her mail box, the painfully shy Roy seizes the

opportunity to begin a very distant courtship. He sneaks into Line's apartment when she's away, and while the names Travis Bickle and Norman Bates come inevitably to mind, the same painful loneliness that drove them to violence instead prompts Roy to watch gently over the woman into whose life

he's surreptitiously insinuated himself. Roy's all-consuming obsession with Line eventually transforms both their pitiful, forlorn existances. Director Pal Sletaune weaves these potentially pathetic and creepy elements into a darkly comic tale that's both accessible and uncompromisingly somber.

It's one you'll want to remember the next time someone starts up about Norway's much-vaunted social structure: Sletaune makes it abundantly clear that it's more than a little rough around the edges.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A wry, bleak Norwegian film about a lonely mail man, a deaf dry cleaner and their melancholy lives. Oslo postman Roy (Robert Skjaerstad) has some unique ideas about his job. Faced with delivering a voluminous mass mailing, he dumps the unwanted letters in… (more)

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