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Three Miles North Of Molkom (DVD)
Member Name: thedevilinme
Three Miles North Of Molkom (DVD)
Advantages: Calming man...
Disadvantages: Too many hippies
"Happiness is a Direction not a Place'
I love my obscure documentaries and '3 Miles North of Molkem' is the latest to catch my eye, a gentle probing of a Swedish hippy retreat called 'Angasbaka', the New Age village nestling in the green and beautiful Molkem forest in Sweden's stunning and tranquil lake country underneath the flickering Northern Lights. If God pops down for a picnic then it will probably be somewhere around here.
For the film we explore the Angasbaka 'No Mind Festival', the chance for people that don't live at the retreat all year around to come and stay on a summer camp to learn lots of New Age and mysticism stuff for two weeks of the year, the idea being that strangers are randomly placed in 'Sharing Groups' of 5-7 people and let loose in the surrounding wilderness to cleanse themselves of the toxins of modern life and challenge their relationship with the world, before returning to that grind, a good old middle-class guilt lift if you like, like buying Fair Trade coffee instead of Nescafe for a couple of weeks!
For the duration of the documentary we follow the experiences of one of those groups, headed by Swedish lighthouse keeper and general loner (that figures) Sven (it had to be), looking every inch like Bjorn Borg's elder brother. The camp is a positive tsunami of Scandinavian blonde hair and eyes as blue as the pristine big sky above; accept, that is, for Ethan, a typically gruff Aussie backpacker/rugby coach, only marooned here to hook up with a 'Shelia'. And what red blooded male wouldn't go to the ends of the world to meet a Swedish blonde who wants to get naked with nature and do some tree hugging, trees not what our Ethan wants to be hugging though!
Ethan is anti all this hippy nonsense from the off and quickly falls into the needed role as the films rebel, no doubt with the backing of most of the rental audience, one suspects, although with only 66 votes on Imdb.com I suspect me and him were the audience. The other members of the 'team' include a Finnish grandma, a Swedish celebrity, a young California straight from hippy central casting and an English 'Trustaferian' (lives of parent's money to see the world...).
The two week agenda includes a smorgasbord of Firewalking, Shamanism, and a myriad of physical, psychological and esoteric experiences, finishing off with Tantric Sex, of course, hopefully guiding our unlikely heroes towards enlightenment. Amongst the log tents and log cabins being fanned by the summer breeze from the rustling pines the happy campers gleefully throw themselves into the challenges, not a shell suit to be seen or a blue-collar dropped 'aitche' to be heard, this very much an attractive white middle-class crowd seeking perfection in other ways to boob jobs and perma tans. The only apparent ethnic on the camp this far up north is an Indian Guru called 'Sharma', all alternative faiths and beliefs welcome to teach or participate, part of the mystical soup celebrated here, the lack of black faces extremely noticeable in the new age thing. If Cliff Richard didn't believe in God he would be in nirvana here baby!
With the wigwams up and the bongo drums banging away the irritating weirdness begins, one or too on them on the wild mushrooms me thinks. But with Ethan still refusing to get 'fully involved' that reticence is one step too far for our lugubrious lighthouse man, especially when the Aussie mocks the opening relaxation exercise of 'throat singing' and then mentions the 'C' word, 'Cult', bellicosely proclaiming to camera that "its all s**t-house mumbo jumbo mate!" He retreats to his Ipod and Crowded House until his lady friend arrives. But as the days move on he can't help but give it a go and soon enjoying certain aspects, the fire walking finally a chance to show what he's good at, macho stuff, like a true Aussie!
The films most bizarre scene is when the 'energy guru' is taking his classes down by the lake, the idea being the guy's learn to build up an 'energy barrier' around their body, enough to able to deflect a fully grown man charging at them, the energy guru immediately 'taking out' the Finnish granny with an almighty thump with a tackle that wouldn't look at of place at the Superbowl! It's unsure what the woman did wrong to be unable to deflect a 14 stone pony-tailed hippy from Esher. The poor girl was laid out with a smashed nose, in serious need of a drink. One suspects she's here because she likes a drink. Rugby coach Ethan immediately volunteered to be next to try and 'deflect' Ken from Esher. It was no contest, Ken wisely deciding to be defected without contact, the mystical energy barrier suspiciously strong on the Aussie, Ken writhing around on the floor with an 'energy quake', Ethan sniggering at this rather sad new age freak that probably just takes the classes because he hates Danish grannies.
The real interest in the film is the people's journey to end up in this place, although that is left up to you as we only get snippets of back stories. As I say the incumbents are mostly student types or young professionals and so the girls not the make up wearing type, this an extension of Stockholm University life. Ethan is the balance to make this entertaining as he gleefully mocks the camps pretensions and absurdities before succumbing to the relentless calmness of the stunning locations, very much a rebel without a cause. His pretty Swedish girl did finally show up and after a few hugs with his fellow 'sharing group' members they headed off to Gothenburg for some serious partying, few lessons learnt from his midnight hot steam igloo exfoliations with six naked Norwegian school teachers. Something's in life are best left to those who want those things.
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-Angasbaka: Meet the commune-
A little bit of history about the hippy encampment here is helpful although there's no mention of payment to so the summer camp. There doesn't seem to be any evidence of how they actually fund the complex other than charging, so making this film a free commercial for Angasbaka, plenty of pretty blondes to go around boys.
-The Bloggers Guide to the New Age-
Some written text stuff on New Age things like Dreamcatchers you can flick though with the remote.
-An Angasbaka Virgin-a guide to the 'No Mind' festival.
More test stuff.
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Imdb.com scores it 7.2 out of 10.0 (66 votes)
Northampton Library for £1.50 per week.
RuN-TiMe 88 minutes
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