BITCOINBILEN/THE BITCOIN CAR – A Review by Jenn Rohm
Movies do not have to follow logic or the rules of reality. This provides a lot of options when someone decides to make a surreal film. In his debut feature film, The Bitcoin Car, director, writer, and producer Trygve Luktvasslimo brings us to an island that agreed to allow bitcoin to be mined, like naturally occurring precious metals and gems. The residents were paid for use of the land where the local graveyard sits, without having to move the bodies first. So, when they don’t see digging or tunnels and then there are environmental impacts like warmer lake water the worries of what is happening begin.
The story has logic and a flow to it and Luktvasslimo had a complete vision that he brought to the screen. Along with bright visuals, strong acting, and songs that may stay with the viewer this is a film that I believe will have a cult following. I am not one of the people this movie was made for. With all the different interests and likes out there for people, there should be movies made for those who will adore this one.
The film itself was well made and it held my attention rather well, all things considered. I was glad for the English subtitles as I counted six different languages being used. Of course, watching with English being spoken and English subtitles uses a different logic than languages I am not able to speak with English subtitles. This threw me a little, but that is a me thing.
For fans of surreal movies with musical numbers and wanting some insight into Norwegian life, check out The Bitcoin Car when you can.
Director/Writer/Producer: Trygve Luktvasslimo
Cast: Sunniva Birkeland Johansen, Henrik Paus, Espen Beranek Holm, England Brooks-Ellingsen, Arne Martin Fagerås
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Language: Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, English, Latin, and a little Spanish with English Subtitles
Selig Rating: 3 stars
Runtime: 1h 33m
Festival Entry: Slamdance Film Festival 2024
Trailer: The Bitcoin Car Trailer
Website: The Bitcoin Car Website
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.
4 Stars – Good movie/show
3 Stars – OK movie/show
2 Stars – Well there was nothing else…
1 Star – Total waste of time.