Three generations of the Lykken family live under the same roof on a farm in the remote village of Lykkja (Happiness) in Norway. A mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law govern this traditional household side by side in a place where there is really only room for one of them.
Beautifully photographed, in a quiet and intimate manner, the documentary reveals the tense atmosphere in the house. No one wants to be unkind, still it seems they end up hurting each other. We follow the complicated relationship between two women of different generations in their longing for purpose.
We enter the story at a time where the daughter-in-law starts questioning her life. At the age of 54, after living at the farm for more than 30 years, she finally finds enough strength to free herself from the traditions and she leaves. We follow her into her newfound freedom.
Shabana is an uncompromising immigrant and freedom activist, who does shocking political stunts. After receiving threats, she decides to flee to New York alone. But then one day she meets Martin and falls in love. Drawn between freedom and security, ambition and love, her inner demons surfaces; A youth filled with violence and abuse. This is the intimate story of an unconventional woman and an unconventional relationship, told through the eyes of her husband.
Director: Martin Rehman Gaarder
Producer: Hilde Skofteland
Skofteland Film 2010