In the early ’60s, 3 Danish classmates join a “den”/tree house. Steen likes his pet fish Zappa because it eats the weaker fish. Bjørn attracts girls and Mulle is a talkative, strong boy. Steen gets them into burglary and later escalates.
I recently viewed Zappa after watching Twist and Shout, they came packaged together on DVD. Both films are absolutely wonderful, great performances, visuals, stories. The three lead actors in Zappa are incredible, but it is the work of Morton Huff as Mulle that really packs an emotional wallop. I am a huge fan of coming of age films, and Scandinavia really turns out some gems. There’s something in that snowy socially responsible region that American films can never duplicate without looking completely schmaltzy and emotionally heavy-handed. Something innocent, unassuming, unphony, completely unforced (am I being redundant?). There’s a natural style and grace. I feel blessed that films like these exist and lucky to stumble upon them now and then.
Director: Bille August
Writers: Bjarne Reuter, Bille August,
Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Peter Reichhardt, Morten Hoff
Release Date: 4 March 1983 (Denmark)
Also Known As: Заппа
Filming Locations: Brønshøj Kirke, Brønshøj Kirkevej 8, Brønshøj, Sjælland, Denmark
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 2.97 GiB
Duration : 1h 37mn
Overall bit rate : 4 388 Kbps