A touch above watching paint dry (or Julia Roberts eat Italian food while meditating), British Airways has added a seven-hour movie of a train ride between Oslo and Bergen, Norway to its entertainment repertoire. The creatively named The Seven Hour Train Journey to Oslo shows every slow, tedious inch of the entire journey, of which the tunnels are said to be a particular highlight. No, there isn't even commentary or narration. Just the train ride.
The goal is to lull people into a calm, almost hypnotized state of mind. Or make them want to throw themselves from the plane, we're not quite sure.
Oddly enough, the movie is part of a growing Scandinavian trend called “Slow TV”. In fact, more than a million totally-outgoing-and-not-at-all-dull Norwegians tuned in to watch The Seven Hour Train Journey to Oslo when it first aired on local TV to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the train route. No, we did not make that up. One milllllion people.
British Airways will be screening the movie on hundreds of flights this month, and, if it proves a popular choice, will add similarly riveting films showcasing people knitting and feeding birds. Again, NOT a joke.