Yngvild Sve Flikke
Rakel’s plans go above and beyond being a mother. The 23-year-old graphic artist is blessed with an independent nature and, in her opinion, a healthy indifference. When Rakel finds out she is pregnant, it turns out that the pregnancy is already 24 weeks in and there is nothing she can do about it. Suddenly, the baby appears as an animated character, born in the world of comics and now her companion at every turn. The baby appears as a cheeky and mouthy ninja, saying he wants to be adopted by Angelina Jolie. And, of course, Rakel isn’t sure who the baby’s father is.
Norwegian director Yngvild Sve Flikke calls this comedy of stereotypes “an emotional animation” that challenges the clichés of pregnancy and motherhood in cinema. Having received the Special Mention at the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus competition, the film offers intonation-rich ambiguity in its uninhibited honesty about a woman’s readiness to take charge and change her life. Actress Kristine Kujath Thorp, who plays Rakel, is the magnetic centre of the film – a true-to-the-bone, sarcastic and psychologically stumbling woman who never really expected anything.