Disco (Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, 2019): Norway

Reviewed by Kate Marsden. Viewed at the SBIFF 2020.

Dazzling disco dance scenes, a disturbingly dark look at the dangers of contemporary Christian cults

Intense interactions with church leaders that cause Mirjam (a Norwegian teenaged champion disco dancer played by Josefine Frida Pettersen) to yearn for independence when it comes to her religious beliefs

Sexuality that is frenzied, stunning shots of the Norwegian countryside, songs sung with swelling emotion or completely shut down sentiments

Christianity that is questioned, competitions that cause Mirjam’s body image standards to be so unachievable that she develops bulimia

Ostracized by family, opinions overlooked, overshadowed, on the wrong path in the eyes of her stepfather, out and on her own in pursuit her of personal truth

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