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A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair.

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Complete credited cast:
Klaus Mulbjerg ...
Tryllekunstner
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Alex David
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Simone / Aimee
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August Holm
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Leo Sand
Peter Steen ...
Mel David
Ida Dwinger ...
Monica
Malene Schwartz ...
Fru Banum (Mrs. Banum)
Helle Fagralid ...
Nan Sand
Mercedes Claro Schelin ...
Mercedes Sand
Jens Blegaa ...
Waiter
Isabella Miehe-Renard ...
Journalist
Katrin Muth ...
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Late one evening, Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to follow the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee, time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, towards whom he cannot return. Alex's future, is Aimee's love. But will he have the courage to embrace it? A psychological romantic drama, about a man, who forgets about his past and must put his faith in love, in order to gain a future. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It's all film. It's all construction. But even so, it hurts.

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Реконструкция  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,629 (USA) (10 September 2004)

Gross:

$72,762 (USA) (19 November 2004)
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Quotes

Alex David: If you are my dream then I am yours.
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Featured in Trier, Kidman og Cannes (2003) See more »

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Night & Day
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Exquisite film-making in Copenhagen love drama
12 October 2003 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Reconstruction" is overt about its style from the first minute when a deep-voiced narrator cautiously introduces the audience to the story and the narrative form. From then on, and until the narrator returns at the very end, we are cast into a complex and difficult drama set in a big city environment filmed in stunning craft and style. Copenhagen has rarely been seen as interesting, and in an odd sense charming, as here.

This is not an expensive film - the Director's Cut entity behind the film was designed specifically to produce good films on even lower budgets than are the norm in Denmark - but its appearance is delightful and intriguing with its sometimes bright, sometimes dark and often grainy cinematography, additional effects of occasional written identifications of characters and locations, and classic-style title design.

The story sees a young man captured by the meeting with a woman different than, but resembling his usual girlfriend, and struck by existential doubt when he finds himself a stranger to those he thought he knew. The plot is impossible to grasp completely, at least at first sight, but sufficiently immediate for the beholder to like it and be taken in by it. To me, the lack of answers is a bit over the top and causes me to cut my IMDb rating for the film to 8, but with the strong support for David Lynch films and other similar works in recent years I am probably in the minority on that point.

Danish Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Swedish-Norwegian Maria Bonnevie are both extraordinary, Kaas in the antagonist role of Alex and Bonnevie in a rare double part as the different, but similar Aimee and Simone. A repeated scene in a bar in which Aimee and Alex meet is a particularly fine example of the precise and strong performances. The fine Danish actors Nicolas Bro and Malene Schwartz are the most noteworthy of the additional cast.

Ambition is Christoffer Boe's middle name, but he lives up to any and all expectations Danish experts may have had to him since he graduated from the National Danish Film School in 2001. He has already been compared to another renewer of Danish film, Lars von Trier, and while I am reluctant to compare this first-time feature director to an established international star, I do think "Reconstruction" bears a stronger sense of place through its use of locations and the plot's connection to them, a superior depiction of relationships between people, and sometimes simply a more profound joy of storytelling than in any of Trier's work.


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