Length: 86 min
Writer/director: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Cinematographer: Ragna Jorming
Editor: Sverrir Kristjánsson
Production designer: Eva Norén
Music: Patrik Andrén, Johan Söderqvist
Producer: Gudny Hummelvoll
Co-producers: Annika Hellström, Erika Malmgren and Ramunas Skikas
David Yates, Paulina Rider Wilhelmsen and Yvonne Walcott-Yates
Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin (b. 2002) – JILL
Casper Falck-Løvås (b. 2008) – BO
Maria Bonnevie – ASTRID /mother
Sverrir Gudnason – NILS / father
From a young age, Jill has acted as the responsible adult in her small family. She cares for her loving but mentally unstable mother and her younger brother. The news that their estranged father will be visiting on Jill’s birthday gives the children much needed hope. When the family is struck by tragedy, Jill keeps it a secret.
Set in Oslo today, Phoenix tells the story of Jill, who from a young age, has acted as the adult in her family. She cares for her mentally unstable mother Astrid, as well as for her younger brother, Bo. Astrid’s volatile behavior has caused the two children to constantly walk a tightrope in order to avoid anything that can trigger their mother’s outbreaks.
Things seem to look up when Astrid lands a job interview and Jill works hard to support her mother and boost her self-esteem. The news that their estranged father, Nils, will be visiting on Jill’s 14th birthday, gives the children with much needed hope. But the small family is stricken by a tragedy. In
shock, Jill decides to bury the truth.
At first it seems that Nils’ arrival will solve everything. The whirlwind of excitement Nils creates is the perfect antidote to what Jill has just gone through/experienced. Her dream of a glamorous life together with their father, now becomes a matter of survival for herself and her young brother.