Screened as part of NZIFF 2022

Sick of Myself 2022

Syk pike

Directed by Kristoffer Borgli

This blacker-than-black Norwegian comedy takes toxic behaviour to the next level as über self-absorbed Signe attempts to one-up her pretentious artist boyfriend by deliberately sabotaging her health.

Norway In Norwegian with English subtitles
95 minutes DCP

Director, Screenplay, Editor


Andrea Berentsen Ottmar
Dyveke Bjørkly Graver


Benjamin Loeb

Production designer

Henrik Svensson

Costume designer

Jostein Wålengen




Kristine Kujath Thorp (Signe)
Erik Sæther (Thomas)
Fanny Vaager (Marte)
Fredrik Stenberg Ditlev-Simonsen (Yngve)
Sarah Francesca Brænne (Emma)
Ingrid Vollan (Beate)
Steinar Kloumann Hallert (Stian)
Andrea Bræin Hovig (Lisa)
Frida Natland (Nora)
Guri Glans (Kristina)


Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2022


An outrageously dark, funny and painfully relatable satire brimming with crippling narcissism, Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli’s second feature pushes the exceedingly toxic relationship between the needy Signe (Ninjababy’s Kristine Kujath Thorp, NZIFF 2021) and her equally self-absorbed artist boyfriend Thomas (Erik Sæther) to hilarious extremes.

With their relationship seemingly based on mutual loathing and one-up-manship, Signe is cut down when Thomas finds a modicum of success with his artistic installations of stolen chairs. Desperate to wrestle the spotlight back for herself, Signe impulsively abuses a banned pharmaceutical with dangerous side effects in the hope of getting sick enough to garner the sympathy she so craves. — Michael McDonnell

“For anyone who’s watched a partner realize their dreams, a trusted colleague get promoted, or a friend become famous, and curdled with jealousy and resentment, Borgli has made the film for you. The filmmaker’s tart and scabrously funny (both literally and figuratively) sophomore feature is a pointed portrait of a toxic relationship and a razor-sharp evisceration of those warped by a victim mentality. It’s the latest from the producers of The Worst Person in the World and to be honest, this film might be more deserving of the title.” — Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist