Heavy Burden

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A film by Bjørn Engvik

Tony is ok. Got a permanent job, runs a morning café and courses based on own experiences for those who do not know how to keep their homes, manage daily finances and navigate the online reality. You can see no traces of his addiction to heroin. That is dignity.

For Roy it went from bad to worse. He quit the theatre troupe, their regular gathering point. The goal was control of his own life, manage the limelight and the glance of others. Roy advocated the idea of “forgiveness and dignity”, as he had read Thomas Aquinas. Everyone deserves a second chance, exclude no one because of the addiction. But now he is dead.

Jan Erik struggled as always. He could write out of rapture; texts, songs. Actually, he was a musician. In theater, he was not particularly interested. He wrote only serious things, as Bob Dylan. But only his songs reached the premiere. His heart stopped and silenced his voice.

Gry was luckier. She survived the days of performance. It was a success, the newspapers wrote about them and what they had achieved – the rise from humiliation, away from the Plata district and the other whores. Trailing, theatre and poetry had become her new life – until she collapsed, suddenly one day. Nothing more than just memories and words are left.

The hub for these four people was the theatre, now a closed chapter. Those who survived have to find other goals in life to stand upright without chemical assistance.

Documentary: A period of approx. four years in their lifes was documented, a genuine, strong experience in a tough world, strong wills in battle with immense powers. Some wins, some lose the game of life.