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The Weight of the Matter

When: Wed., Aug. 12 2015

A Norwegian scientist takes a trip to Paris for a seminar on the actual weight of a kilo, but instead she ends up measuring the grief, loneliness and disappointment in her own life. Director Bent Hamer, best known for his work on Kitchen Stories, shows the story of a scientist who’s finally awakened by her own emotions and discovers far more about herself than her intended area of study. This charming yet melancholy film highlights the similarities between the scientist’s fragile and precise job (a designated keeper of the national kilogram prototype) and her fragile life and emotions. Ane Dahl Torp, who plays the lead role of the scientist, gave a performance that was noted by viewers and critics alike as one that truly brings the story to life. The film was also selected at the Norwegian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It screens at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Morley Lecture Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $9. (Manno)

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