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Director:
Writers:
Mogens Rukov (writer)
Christoffer Boe (writer)
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Release Date:
26 September 2003 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
It's all film. It's all construction. But even so, it hurts.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Klaus Mulbjerg ... Tryllekunstner

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Alex David

Maria Bonnevie ... Simone / Aimee

Krister Henriksson ... August Holm

Nicolas Bro ... 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 ... Bartender

David Dencik ... Bartender

Directed by
Christoffer Boe 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christoffer Boe  writer
Mogens Rukov  writer

Produced by
Lars Kjeldgård .... co-producer
Tine Grew Pfeiffer .... producer
Åke Sandgren .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Knak 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Alberto Claro 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Brandt 
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 
 
Casting by
Anja Philip 
 
Production Design by
Martin de Thurah 
 
Costume Design by
Gabi Humnicki 
 
Makeup Department
Henrik Steen .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Johnny Andersen .... production manager
 
Art Department
Torben Stig Nielsen .... property master
Hans Erik Olsen .... painter
 
Sound Department
Morten Green .... sound
Nino Jacobsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
John Nielsen .... boom operator
Camilla Mauritzson Skjaerbaek .... dialogue editor (as Camilla Mauritzson)
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lars Bjørn Hansen .... digital effects
René Rask .... matte painter
 
Stunts
Stig Günther .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jakob Bonfils .... Steadicam operator
Niels A. Hansen .... clapper loader (as Niels Hansen)
Tobias Juhl .... lighting assistant
Andreas Kragh-Jacobsen .... additional lighting assistant
Sune Lolk .... gaffer
Linn Sandholm .... still photographer
Søren Sielemann .... additional lighting assistant
Peter Topsøe-Jensen .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Ejvind Bording .... color timer
Jan Degn .... colorist
Jonas Drehn .... colorist
Christina Isabel Emdrup .... post-production assistant
Tove Jystrup .... post-production coordinator
Michael Jørgensen .... assistant editor
Adam Nielsen .... trailer editor
Glennie Pettersson .... post-production assistant
Kaspar Astrup Schröder .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ada Kaalund .... accountant
Jorunn Keller .... script supervisor
Bibi Malby .... production assistant (as Bibi Husted Malby)
Hanne Merkx .... accountant
Gitte Nielsen .... accountant
Lone Sloth .... accountant
Carsten Sparwath .... location manager
Jeppe Tolstrup-Møller .... location scout
Sophus K. Windeløv .... production runner (as Sophus Kirkeby Windeløv)
Henrik Zein .... accountant
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief strong language
Runtime:
France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Germany:89 min (Filmfest Hamburg) | Argentina:91 min | USA:90 min | 92 min (original release)
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Narrator:That's how it always ends. A bit of magic, a bit of smoke. Something floating
Narrator:But it doesn't work without the necessary push. A bit of laughter,a man... a beautiful woman and love. Let's start over. At the beginning,it was man alone.
Narrator:No,he's not alone. Yet.
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Featured in Året der gik 2003 (2003) (TV)See more »
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36 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Shallow Gimmickry, 27 October 2003
Author: bliss66 from London, England

Essentially the story of a novelist who imagines a young man, named Alex, as the protagonist of his rather existentialist novel, Reconstruction blends the joins between two separate realities (the novelist's imaginary context makes up the third). Director Christoffer Boe basically omits any detail that would add distinction to his construct, instead keeping everything vague and non-committal enough to string the audience along. The glue that holds his construction together is Maria Bonnevie, cast as Everywoman in the men's imaginations (Aimee the wife and muse of the Phillip Roth style novelist; Simone, the young protagonist's girlfriend). Ms. Bonnevie displays a subtle sense of the difference between playing a woman and playing a romanticised view of a woman. As the wife she is mostly quietly dissatisfied, as the romanticised object of affection she is often lost, promiscuous and dependent on men; her Simone is somewhat less clearly drawn but is also a bit of a red herring to the main narrative. She has a beautiful, strong featured, cinematic face that she uses to great effect with accomplished neutrality that works particularly well in this context.

While Reconstruction has some clever, sometimes startling imagery-particularly in the shadowy motif of a figure in freefall-none of the characters emerge much beyond stick figures or chess pieces in Boe's elaborate yet superficial exploration of what, one presumes, are matters of the heart. Nicolaj Lee Kaas, as Alex, makes a rather charmless protagonist; unlike Bonnevie, Kaas seems inexplicably aware of his personal reality in the context of the novelist's imagination, thus it would seem that in Boe's world view there are no romanticised notions of maleness. Kaas is compulsive and promiscuous but is never given the opportunity to explore his predicament much beyond the director's shallow concept. Boe's attempts to play the humour of his Kafkaesque, ‘Alex in Wonderland' scenario fall flat, revealing the shaky foundation of the entire enterprise-it isn't sufficiently compelling to engage us in Alex's fate. Nor anyone else's, for that matter.

Reconstruction is most likely to appeal to younger, less experienced filmgoers for whom the bait and switch narrative techniques will seem more substantial; otherwise the film plays out with the opaqueness of an extended, overlong perfume advert. For all its elegance, the inclusion and reliance on Barber's overused Adagio feels like a major cheat; better that the narrative itself provoked an emotional response instead of the orchestra. Boe is a young filmmaker who may be one to watch but a certain maturity of purpose is in order. That said, Reconstruction is a major winner for the Copenhagen Board of Tourism.

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