Diana’s Wedding, a warm and energised Norwegian comedy following the ups and downs of a turbulent marriage, is the second feature by Norwegian director Charlotte Blom (Staying Alive). Moments are drawn upon from Princess Diana’s life to help propel the narrative.
The story begins on July 29, 1981. In the majestic St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Lady Diana Spencer marries Prince Charles. On the same day hundreds of miles away in a Norwegian factory, another union takes place for newlyweds Liv (played by Marie Blokhus) and Terje’s (played by Pål Sverre Hagen), both flawless in their roles.
In the pram lies their newborn daughter, Diana, who, like her famous namesake, will endure chaos as a result of her parent’s tumultuous relationship.
Liv and Terje move into the suburbs, quickly making friends with their neighbours, Unni (played by Jannike Kruse) and Jan (played by Olav Waastad), also with a toddler the same age as Diana. Sharing their evenings and weekends together, both of the couples’ imperfections come to the fore, fuelled by alcohol-infused parties. Jan and Unni put on a brave face but in reality they don’t sleep in the same room and Jan secretly yearns for companionship elsewhere, even pushing himself on to Liv. Unni turns her head the other way, enduring Jan’s derision by deflecting it on to her teenage daughter, Irene.
Through the eyes of Diana, we witness the rollercoaster ride of both her parent’s and Irene’s marriages. To both girls, they have the worst parents in the world. But at the end of the day, which of the couples remain strong and which fall apart ?
Diana’s Wedding is screening now at Regal Cinemas in Graceville. Check your local guides for screening times.
About Diana’s Wedding
Duration: 90 mins
Language: Norwegian with English subtitles
Directed by Charlotte Blom
Written by Charlotte Blom, Mette M. Bølstad
Stars Marie Blokhus, Pal Sverre Hagen, Jannike Kruse, Olav Waastad