Bitter Flowers

Synopsis: Thirtysomething Chinese-born Lina borrows money to move to Paris to save up money to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, leaving behind her husband and son in Dong Bei province. But once in ...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Olivier Meys
95 min


Based on the noveI

by Gunnar StaaIesen



Varg Veum here.

Hi. It's you.

No, you're not interrupting.

AII the way out there?

No, that's fine.

Hi. I'm here to see Mr Hamre.


Open your ears wide and Iisten.

We have nothing new.

The girI's been missing for four days.

The rest you'II simpIy have to make up.

Save your breath,

the press won't Iisten.

AII they see is a poIitician.

- Not a mother who's Iost a chiId...

- AII right. What's the Iast update?

- You can go through.

- Thanks.

CouId I get some soup?

None of the neighbours.

No one has seen anything.

She's been taken far off.

Not much more we can do here then.

- You know Isaksen?

- OnIy from reputation. HeIIo.

What's your approach?

Kidnapped because

her mother's a poIitician,

she got Iost - or she ran away?

Take a seat.

You had a case when you were in chiId

weIfare. KjetiI VestIi, a paedophiIe.

TeII me about him.

I onIy know what's in the news.

He grew up here, that's why I'm asking.

- Aren't weIfare fiIes confidentiaI?

- Not aIways.

We have everything but the fiIe

on VestIi. Do you have it?

Who, me?

You didn't happen to take some papers

with you when you quit?

It's the way things go.

Things get Iost, peopIe overIooked.

- You don't say.

- Did you question the famiIy?

- The famiIy is not behind this.

- In most cases, it's the famiIy.

I start regretting

I asked you to come.

I got you out here because you

worked in chiId weIfare.

The investigation we can

handIe ourseIves.

You made me come aII this way just to

ask about some oId chiId weIfare fiIes?

You know how we operate.

- We have a job to do.

- You don't have to do it Iike a cop.

- What?

- You don't have to do it Iike a cop.

My, my. Criticizing the cops...

Tough to take from you!

You Iost that job because you

beat up a drug deaIer?

That's right.

The onIy thing they understand.

Eye to an eye.


Eye foran eye. I'II borrow this.

We can't openIy contradict

our own programme.

I've canceIIed

aII appointments this week.

- Any news about CamiIIa?

- No.

It's the County CounciI.

Can you take it?

Vibeke Farangs teIephone,

how may I heIp?

She cannot come to the phone.

There's been an accident.

We'II issue a press reIease

Iater today. Thanks.

Sorry to troubIe you now,

but we need you to sign this.

Where is it?

- Right here.

- Your job's going weII?

I'm out searching for CamiIIa.

Hamre! Can you take

constructive criticism?

- What kind, did you say?

- Four days, and you've found nothing!

We've checked everywhere

and InterpoI is onto the case.

You need a new approach!

Can't I give you some ideas?

- We work from facts.

- You're fumbIing!

We have compass...

- You know I can deIiver!

- InfideIity cases is your domain!


Show Veum to the door, wiII you.

It's aII right.

HeIIo there!

What can I do for you?

- You know who I am?

- Vibeke Farang.

Mother to CamiIIa and party Ieader.

What do you want?

I noticed you outside our house.

Do you work for the poIice?

No, I'm independent.

I'II heIp you with your daughter.

A friend of mine... I want you

to find him. Karsten AsIaksen.

He works at NorrIon,

the PVC pIant at HiIIeren.


Brd, my husband, is away a Iot,

and Karsten...

- He visits me...

- You don't know where your Iover is?

That's right.

ShouIdn't you rather focus

on your daughter?

You want me to find AsIaksen

and make him get in touch.

Karsten was at my house

the night CamiIIa disappeared.

And now you're afraid that...

...his siIence in some way is reIated

to her disappearance?

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