Director: Jesper W Nielsen

Denmark| 2003. English subtitles. Colour. Dolby digital stereo. 97 mins.

Following in the wake of Denmark’s Dogme ?lm movement— which prized hand-held cameras, shock tactics, and non-generic cinema above all else—this sparky little drama stars Paprika Steen (a familiar face from The Idiots and Open Hearts) in a bittersweet tale of terminal illnesses, adultery, and family troubles. Poaching lots of its themes and energy from ?lms like Open Hearts or Italian for Beginners, this may look and sound like a Dogme movie, but it doesn’t subscribe to the austere tenets of that cult. Building on Steen’s solid performance, director Jesper W Nielsen’s realises that family drama can make for engrossing cinema when the intensity of the relationships between sensitively played characters is allowed to ?ourish.

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