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In Your Hands

9 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin International Film Festival

BERLIN -- Writer-director Annette K. Olesen and co-writer Kim Fupz Aakeson say they wanted to make "a Dutch 'feel-bad' movie" with "Forbrydelser" (In Your Hands). They have succeeded. We get gut-wrenching confrontations, chatter about God, faith, guilt and shame and, finally, tragic consequences to bad decisions that reflect a lack of faith in both God and man. Perhaps for their next film, Olesen and Aakeson will return to the quirky, feel-good tragicomedy that marked their "Minor Mishaps", which won over audiences at the Berlinale two years ago.

A women's prison is the site of a meeting between newly graduated theology student Anna (Ann Eleanora Jorgensen), who takes over as prison priest, and Kate the sinner (Trine Dyrholm), said to possess supernatural healing powers. The latter seemingly gets confirmed when Kate helps a fellow prisoner (Sonja Richter) overcome her drug addiction.

Kate develops an attraction to a male guard (Nicolaj Kopernikus), which can only bring trouble to both. Meanwhile, Anna's joy at learning she is pregnant, after years of trying, turns to despair when a doctor informs her and the father (Lars Ranthe) that the baby may suffer from a genetic fault.

Will Anna put her faith in God? In the sinner-healer? Or Will She not take chances and abort her fetus? Much hand-wringing and angry words accompany these ruminations. The movie is overly melodramatic yet alienating as its makers are determined to reach the worse possible outcomes for all their subplots. This also is a Dogme film, lacking music and conventional lighting, which only adds to the motifs of doom and gloom. »

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In Your Hands

10 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin International Film Festival

BERLIN -- Writer-director Annette K. Olesen and co-writer Kim Fupz Aakeson say they wanted to make "a Dutch 'feel-bad' movie" with "Forbrydelser" (In Your Hands). They have succeeded. We get gut-wrenching confrontations, chatter about God, faith, guilt and shame and, finally, tragic consequences to bad decisions that reflect a lack of faith in both God and man. Perhaps for their next film, Olesen and Aakeson will return to the quirky, feel-good tragicomedy that marked their "Minor Mishaps", which won over audiences at the Berlinale two years ago.

A women's prison is the site of a meeting between newly graduated theology student Anna (Ann Eleanora Jorgensen), who takes over as prison priest, and Kate the sinner (Trine Dyrholm), said to possess supernatural healing powers. The latter seemingly gets confirmed when Kate helps a fellow prisoner (Sonja Richter) overcome her drug addiction.

Kate develops an attraction to a male guard (Nicolaj Kopernikus), which can only bring trouble to both. Meanwhile, Anna's joy at learning she is pregnant, after years of trying, turns to despair when a doctor informs her and the father (Lars Ranthe) that the baby may suffer from a genetic fault.

Will Anna put her faith in God? In the sinner-healer? Or Will She not take chances and abort her fetus? Much hand-wringing and angry words accompany these ruminations. The movie is overly melodramatic yet alienating as its makers are determined to reach the worse possible outcomes for all their subplots. This also is a Dogme film, lacking music and conventional lighting, which only adds to the motifs of doom and gloom. »

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