Bare Bea

Norway

Synopsis

Bea is 16 and a sophomore In high school. She writes for the school paper and is the last one in her group of friends to lose her virginity. She's in love with the school's best looking, most intelligent and coolest senior, Daniel. Then, the miracle of all miracles happens; Bea's interest in Daniel turns out to be mutual. Suddenly, a new world of social and sexual possibilities are available. But, according to her friends, there's only one little problem: the fact that when someone is about to lose their virginity, they should never do it with someone their in love with. After all, the first time always goes wrong! This is a problem for Bea until her friend Mia comes up the solution: Anders. Anders wants to become a gardener, is 19, and completely uninteresting. He is therefore, the perfect candidate. Mia arranges for Bea and Anders to meet, but forgets to mention to Anders that his roll as "bed buddy" is to be purely of a practical nature. After a clumsy yet successful get-together, Anders has reason to believe that Bea is genuinely interested in him. But she's not. She does of course want to be together with Daniel. Or does she? Or does she want something completely different? Like perhaps moving to Canada in order to study at a new school?

Director's Biography

“Just Bea" is Petter Næss' third feature film. His first was the comedy "Absolute Hangover" which won Amanda Awards for Best Male and Female lead in 1999. Petter Næss also directed "Elling" which was nominated for the Academy Awards in 2002. At the moment he is pre-production with his fourth Norwegian film, “Love me tomorrow”, as well as in post production with his first Hollywood-feature, “Mozart and the whale”, starring Josh Hartnett and Rachel Weiz.
Otherwise he has primarily busied himself in the world of plays and revues, both as scriptwriter, director and actor. Since 1997 he has been employed as a director at Oslo New Theatre, and was, among other plays, responsible for the critically-acclaimed stage version of "Elling and Kjell Bjarne".
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Petter Naess

Written by: Johan Bogaeus

Produced by: Synnøve Hørsdal

Cinematography: Marius Johansen Hansen

Editing: Jon Endre Mørk

Production Design: Bettina Schroeteler

Costume Design: Ellen Dæhli Ystehede

Make-Up & Hair: Wendy Loren

Sound Design: Hugo Ekornes, Erik Watland

Main Cast: Kamilla Grønli Hartvig (Mia), Ida Thurman-Moe (Sara), Maria Brinch (Anniken), Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen (Anders), Espen Klouman Høiner (Daniel), Henrik Skjerve (Alex), Kaia Foss (Bea)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2004