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Perversely Dark


Perversely Dark

It is perverse that many formerly able bodied persons have to lie in complete darkness and isolation.

And, indefinitely so.

In each of their respective rooms, in two different places around the greater Oslo, Norway area lie ME/CF'S patients Kristine and Bjørnar sequestered in protective total darkness. In both cases, the tiniest amount of mental, social, or physical effort is detrimental and can completely overwhelm their bodies’ minimal energy reserves and function. 
Consequently, only health care assistants and immediate family are permitted whispered access into their isolation in order to feed, medicate, and tend them. 
Film maker Paal Winsents and Fenomen Film remarkably were consented entrance into these patients’ dark realms and permitted to ‘siphon’ some of Kristine and Bjørnar’s stories and their precious infinitesimal life energy for the making of this important and unusual film. 
While medical experts in Norway and internationally debate and test their many theories in attempt to understand and discover a cure for ME/CF'S to get its patient group up and out into light and life again, many such lives wither way as the many years roll by.

During the six years of filming Kristine and Bjørnar, the Fenomen Film crew was astounded by these patients’ non-despairing fortitude, courage, and level of intellectual reflection despite the lack of proper stimuli or external battery life recharging them when confined to be in the dark with a great unknown.

Without giving away too much, Perversely Dark is also a film about love, perseverance soccer, presents, and Christmas songs, as well as a human transformation one would not believe it if not seen with one’s own eyes.

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Pål Winsents
Writers: Pål Winsents
Producers: Tom Marius Kittilsen
Key cast:


Screenings / Awards: 
  • NordicDocs

    Fredrikstad, Norway
    May 14, 2014

  • The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival

    Volda, Norway
    April 23, 2014
    Norwegian premiere

Information for theatres: 

student project: No
completion date: 2014-04-30
shooting format: Digital
aspect ratio: 16:9
film color: Color
first-time filmmaker: No

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