Cool and Crazy on the Road | Chicago Reader

Cool and Crazy on the Road

In the cult documentary Cool and Crazy (2001) director Knut Erik Jensen chronicled the lives and idiosyncrasies of the Norwegian fishermen who make up the Berlevag Male Choir; this disappointing sequel finds him tagging along as the group tours the U.S. in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks. The volatile situation prompts some heated political discussion, but the choir members, mostly middle-aged men, concentrate on being goodwill ambassadors as they travel from coast to coast (in Nordic communities they're a star attraction, but in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles they're treated more as a sideshow). Jensen seems to have edited the film to accentuate the incongruity of these Norwegians in quintessential American settings (harmonizing in Grand Central Station, singing gospel in a Harlem church), but as in a home movie, the postcard moments don't add up to much. In English and subtitled Norwegian. 105 min.

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