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Ulvesommer (Wolf Summer) is a 2003 Norwegian Adventure Family Film about Kim an eager climber who wakes up early every morning to climb. In the summer vacation she's going with the climbing group for a trip while her mother goes to Riga with her new boyfriend Knut. But the trip is canceled after too few showed up and Kim decides to climb Østveggen on her own like her father did when he was her age. In the mountains she meets some farmers, one of them, Jon, tells her a scary story about wolves ripping children from their mother's arms . She brushes it of as a rumor and goes to start climbing. After something goes wrong and she's knocked out, a hurt female wolf and her cub starts nursing her to health in a broken cabin. Being thankful Kim decides to help them get to the Swedish border so they can live freely in Sweden.

This film contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Until the very end.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: the wolves acts very much like dogs.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Kim, the picture of her father is black and white, never zoomed in, and his name is never said so one never know what his ethnicity is.
  • Anti-Villain: Ingvald who's only a part of the hunting because it's his sheep who are killed and Jon convinces him to take revenge.
  • Badass Adorable: Kim, she's even called cute by Jon to add to his creepiness.
    • The female wolf.
  • Break the Cutie: poor Kim is the victim being hunted, Buried Alive, almost shot, aimed at and finally taken hostage all by Jon, who even slept with her mother. She breaks down crying in the end.
  • Childhood Friends: Kim and Mads are implied to be this, but the climbing club leaders have never seen him before.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: the farmer, Ingvald, is constantly manupulated by Jon who tries to convince him that wolves are evil. Ingvald sees the good in them knowing they need to eat despite missing his sheep a lot.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kim's father died when she was very young due to falling off a mountain.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Mads
    • Ingvald lends his cabin to Kim and Cecilie, only for Cecilie to start dating Jon instead.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Cecilie and Mads in the end.
  • Expy: Kim and Mads are similar to Alk and Ilke in sereval ways with their Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy personalities, give Kim's waysof easily getting along with the wolves to Mads, remove his allergies, and both will fit rather nicely, expect in that they're not siblings and Mads wants more from Kim.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: hunting wolves from a helicopter on-screen, shooting the female wolf in the shoulder, Kim falling off Østreveggen, Jon throwing the grenade down into the lair…, yup, there's a lot.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ingvald is implied to be one, loving his sheep dearly and giving names to all of them, yet still not hating the wolves for eating them. Kim might be one but we only see her with the wolves, who were highly sceptical to her at first.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Mads bragging about his new and stronger allergy medicine sound like he's bragging about drugs.
    • Cecilie doesn't really fit into a family movie with all her boyfriends.
    • Lots and lots of alcohol.
    • Cecilie and Jon probably got laid that night before he put the GPS tracker into Kim's shoe as she's really angry at her mother at in the morning as they giggled all night, making Kim cover her ears.
  • Honor Before Reason: Jon's reason for hunting wolves.
  • Ill Boy: Mads is allergic to almost everything aparently, especially fur.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Mads is implied to be one.
  • Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: Jon when he threw a grenade down into the den Kim was hiding in. Played horrifyingly straight for a family movie.
  • Kid Hero: Kim is only 12
  • Kill the Cutie: 2 of the wolf's puppies are eaten by a bear early on.
  • Lethal Chef: Cecilie made a cream cake with Creme Fraiche and Shrimp (although that might've been a joke from Kim), convinced that Creme Fraiche is some special cream.
  • Like Brother and Sister: the way Kim would like her relationship with Mads to be.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Mama Bear: the obvious one protecting her cub later in the movie.
    • While more like Mama Wolf is the main female wolf. She even protects Kim as if she was her own in the end.
    • Cecilie in the end.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Kim and Mads.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: her ways of putting climbing and later the wolves first ruins her friendship with Mads for a while.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: the bear who tries to get into the wolf lair. Also Jon later in the movie.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Kim is probably named after Kim Possible due to Kim usually being a boy's name and Kimberly, if used, extremely rare.
  • Only Sane Man: Markus, a Swede with a cabin in Norway.
  • Police Are Useless: subverted, Jon is arrested by the Swedish border police in the end for hunting wolf in Sweden, and attempting to kill Kim twice.
  • Really Gets Around: Kim's mother, Cecilie, she has a huge suitcase with phostos of all her exes, expect Kim's father for being angry at him for "leaving her with a kid".
  • R-Rated Opening: Starts with wolves being shot from a helicopter. It tones down somewhat although it still gets a whole lot crap in. It does aparently have a 16+ rating internationally compared to the homerating of 7+.
  • Running Gag: Kim forgetting her cellphone.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Knut drives off when they for some reason didn't go to Riga after all (implied that they got to the airport too late) and and Cacilie decides to go to Mads' cabin which Kim said she'd stay at with him as his family.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Markus, a rich Swede with a private helicopter and a coffee machine worth 15000 norwegian kroner, lends his phone and clean clothes to Kim after they gets soaked after her bath (although if you look closely on the bathing scene will you notice that she's nude).
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Kim prefers to be wearing those.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Anti Villains Pål and Ingvald.
  • Tomboy
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kim and Cecilie so darn much.
  • Tomboyish Name: Kim is usually a boy's name in Norway, and Kimbrerly if even used as a name is extremely rare.
  • Tsundere: Kim towards Mads, she's rude, pushes him around, doesn't listen, but does actually care.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Mads has an obvious crush on Kim even giving her a poetry book about love for her birthday.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Kim throws up 1/4th into the movie due to her injuires and faints, when she wakes up again she eats it due to refusing to eat the dead sheep the female wolf brought in.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Cecilie and Kim in spades.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: maternal example, Cecilie is always out with her boyfriends so Kim is mostly home by herself.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: the place Kim goes to climb is called Nes, people there talk all kinds of dialects and there's many towns, villages, and municipalities called that in Norway.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Cecilie and Markus in the ending.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Mads is quite mature, Kim is also very responsible for her age due to her mother running off with her boyfriends all the time.