Phoenix is proof that small budget drama’s can be as engrossing as those with money to spare

Quietly enthralling, Phoenix is a Norwegian drama looking into the lives of children forced to grow up before their time. Taking on roles within the family dynamic children should never be expected to carry out, Phoenix uses its hidden events to prove just how vital it can be to reach out to those who seem as if they may need help.

Jill (Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin) struggles to keep her family happy as her unpredictable mother () plays on her emotions and those of her younger brother. With the opportunity of respite from their distant father on her birthday, Jill is desperate for help, but often finds herself unsure of how to properly ask for it.

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Wonderfully tense in spite of very little happening, Phoenix is proof that small budget drama’s can be as engrossing as those with money to spare. Often keeping things powerfully close and intimate, the film grows a great love for its characters, forcing a desperation for someone to notice them amongst the mire of adult difficulties. 

Phoenix may struggle to find an audience, but that doesn’t stop it from accomplishing what it set out to very well. Often haunting and difficult, it’s a piece that carries out exactly what it intended to, offering its small viewpoint with great tension.

3/5

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