The basic idea is that we can talk about all our minor mishaps, but not the really important things in life. And this theme is the best aspect of the film. The problem is that it's far too carefully constructed in every sense--dialog, characters, situations. Despite giving it a natural vibe, director Olesen never creates anything remotely authentic. This makes it impossible for the drama or emotion to ever touch us meaningfully. Performances feel over-improvised--like the actors wanted to use all of their quirky mannerisms to show how unreasonable their characters are. Only Christensen's brother-in-pain character emerges with any truthfulness; his subtle acting stands out from the other showboaters. But the whole film is just too tidy, planned, showy and clever. At the end, when the characters start actually dealing with their issues, the film begins to come together, but by then it's too late.
dir Annette K Olesen|
scr Kim Fupz Aakeson
with Jorgen Kiil, Maria Wurgler Rich, Henrik Prip, Jannie Faurschou, Jesper Christensen, Julie Wieth, Karen-Lise Mynster, Heine Ankerdal, Petrine Agger, Tina Gylling, Kristian Leth
release UK 18.Oct.02
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