Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Man Who Loved Yngve (Mannen som elsket Yngve)

The Man Who Loved Yngve is a coming of age tale about a troubled teen. Set in 1989 during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Europe, Jarle (Rolfe Kristian Larsen) has everything going for him: he is forming a punk rock band, ‘Mattias Rust’ with his friends and has a new girlfriend Cathrine (Ida Elise Brock) and best friend Helge (Arthur Berning). Whilst they are preparing for their first gig, a newcomer to the village and to their school, Yngve (Ole Christoffer Ertvaag), unleashes Jarle’s latent homosexuality and distracts him causing him to neglect the band and his girlfriend.

Initially confused about his feelings, Jarle wants to spend as much time as possible with Yngve and eventually he tells him that he loves him. Jarle’s world starts to fall apart and he must choose between his friends or a chance at love. Yngve ends up in a mental hospital after deciding to commit suicide and then changing his mind. Jarle visits him there some weeks later.

The Man Who Loved Yngve


“This excellent Norwegian drama, directed by Stian Kristiansen and based on the acclaimed young adult novel by Tore Renberg, proves that there is life yet in that relatively tired queer film genre, the ‘coming out’ story.”
   Richard Watts, ArtsHub

“Vibrant coming-of-ager The Man Who Loved Yngve offers a bittersweet look at a tumultuous time in a troubled teen’s life.”
   Alissa Simon, Variety

Did You Know?

A sequel to The Man Who Loved Yngve was I Travel Alone and was released in 2011 and a prequel The Orheim Company was released a year later in 2012. The Man Who Loved Yngve was based on the book of the same name by author Tore Renberg. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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