The music of Queen and the Velvet Underground instilled a sense of destiny in three teenagers living in a small town in 1970s Norway. That dream led to A-ha: the synth-pop trio featuring keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, vocalist Morten Harket, and guitarist Pål Waktaar-Savoy. No Norwegian act had broken through internationally quite like they did when they burst onto the international scene with 1985’s “Take on Me,” buoyed by an iconic sketch-animation video by Steve Barron. The band became global sensations and heartthrobs overnight, but it remained to be seen how they would adapt to their newfound fame. How would they follow their original dream: to make music?
Featuring new interviews with the band and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage, Thomas Robsahm’s A-ha: The Movie delves into this very question. By following the band’s ups and downs—sojourns to post-punk-era England, their James Bond theme song for The Living Daylights, and slow-simmering interpersonal rifts—Robsahm captures a band that constantly strove to challenge itself, never content to simply repeat earlier successes. The result is a moving story of creative intuition and invention, all set to a massive back catalog of catchy synth hooks. —Cara Cusumano
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Thomas Robsahm is an award-winning film producer, director, musician, and former actor. His directing debut, Rebels with a Cause, was released in 1992, after a career as a youth actor. He has directed feature fiction films, such as The Greatest Thing, and documentaries, including Modern Slavery and Punx.