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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Satisfaction 1720’

7 July 2016 5:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Much satisfaction is demanded in Henrik Ruben Genz’s fast-and-loose period romp “Satisfaction 1720,” and while the Rolling Stones’ rock standard never pops up on the film’s heavily anachronistic soundtrack, it’s clear enough that our duel-happy hero can’t get none. Fancifully reimagining the last days in the life of 18th-century Dano-Norwegian naval hero Peter Tordenskjold, Genz’s lushly produced quasi-biopic unsubtly fashions the precocious vice-admiral as a kind of live-fast-die-young rock star in breeches — complete with reckless hedonism, crashing guitars and a screenplay strewn with choice four-letter words. If hardly as radical or resonant a work of historical revisionism as Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” this hitherto jaunty escapade gains a twinge of melancholy by its cleverly looped, legend-doubting finale.

Beyond the home turf under which his bones reside, the relative obscurity of Tordenskjold’s name makes “Satisfaction 1720” (itself a Danish-Swedish-Norewgian-Czech co-production) a harder sell to distributors; its native title, »

- Guy Lodge

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