All That Matters Is Past

Synopsis: Two brothers in their 40s are found dead in the forest. By their side lies a woman, very weak, but still alive. "All that matters is past" is the story of how Janne meets William after many years of separation. She leaves her family to live with him in a cabin by the river. They recreate the feeling of love and lust that they had as children, being sweethearts playing in the woods. But one day a Chinese baby girl is found floating down the river, and they realize that they are being haunted by William's brother. William and Janne runs further into the woods, trying to escape from their nemesis.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sara Johnsen
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
105 min

Something happened in the forest

last summer.

A crime.


I'll help you.

- Don't die.

- Stay with me.

Don't die.

- Don't die.

- Just stay with me.

Don't die.

He was so small and lovely...



Don't die!

Don't die!

ALL THAT MATTERS IS PAS I don't know what to do with her.

Is she a murderer?

Or is she a victim?

They lived in this cabin.

This is where I met them

the first time.

But their story -

began long before.

She says she was the kind of girl

who lived in her own world.

In her own house.

She educated herself by reading

magazines she had found at the dump.

So in that sense

she felt ready to take on life.

Who might she have become if

she hadn't met those two brothers?

William and Ruud.

Two boys,

recently arrived from Sweden.



She says it was love at first sight.

With that love,

the two brothers lost each other.


Do not go gentle

into that good night

Grave men, near death,

who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors

and be gay

Rage, rage

against the dying of the light

And you, my father,

there on the sad height

Curse, bless me now

with your fierce tears, I pray

Do not go gentle

into that good night

Rage, rage

against the dying of the light

What is this poem about? Yes?

I know he wrote it

when his father died.

It's about rebelling,

fighting against death.

"Don't go gentle

into that good night."

- To fight. Refuse to give in.

- Good.

Could it be about rebelling

in general?

Sure. Why do you say that?

I don't know.

It is a strong appeal to fight.

But he describes

the night as "good," -

- even though he encourages us

to "not go gently" into it.

Let's listen to it again.

Hi. Do you have a moment?

He says it can't wait.

- And it isn't Espen?

- No.

There you are.

I should have called.

But it was all kind of...

On impulse, so...

I just got off a 17-hour flight.

How about you?

Are you doing all right?


- I'm going to the cabin...

- I have a new family.

- Kids?

- I'm a stepmother to two girls.

- Come with me.

- Why have you come here now?

I witnessed the tsunami.

And I have forgiven myself.

It's too late.

It's good to see you.

- Do you think I look bad?

- You look worn out.

I saw you on Facebook.

But wanted to see you face to face.

I have a dentist appointment.

I met William today.

He's back.

He looked pretty tired.

Where did you meet him?

- He showed up at school.

- What did he want?

Are you leaving us?

It's nice to hear your footsteps.

I almost didn't see you.

I bought a car.

- Still lots of salt?

- Yeah.

- And crazy amounts of ketchup?

- Yeah.

Welcome back.


Can I touch you?

And tomorrow,

I'll go into the forest -

- and we'll pretend to be children

pretending to be children.

And I'll be your mirror.

Because no one loves you like I do.

And no one kisses you like I do.

Returning to life.

Hello, can you hear me?


She speaks of a boy -

- who looked at the others

without being allowed to take part.

And that even back then

they feared him.

What is our connection to evil?

The two dead men and near-dead woman

have not yet been identified.

The kayaker

who happened upon them -

- says he didn't see the woman,

or he would never have left her.

So you knew both of the deceased?

Would you like something to drink?



- I killed a goat.

- Whose is it?

I was up at the farm.

Did he give it to you?

I'll pay him the next time I see him.

- How is he now?

- He sounds OK on the phone.

But I haven't met him.

Poor little thing.

- OK. Are you ready?

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Sara Johnsen

Sara Johnsen (born 4 March 1970) is a Norwegian film director. She has directed ten films since 2002. more…

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