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Signe Egholm Olsen,
Frederik Christian Johansen
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Sidse Babett Knudsen,
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Max von Sydow,
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Foreign films with subtitles have a reputation for being highbrow (especially around difficult subjects) but this Danish one is simply odd. After losing their daughter in a road accident, a couple don't just suffer from a marital breakdown... they behave in the most bizarre ways possible.
The lady returns to her job as a social worker after 'recovering'... And immediately becomes obsessed with helping out the young druggie mother of an abused baby. She goes WAY beyond the call of duty though, by babysitting at all hours of the day... and even taking the infant back to her house. It's difficult to see what her intention is here... she isn't trying to kidnap it to replace her own child (which would have been more interesting). And if she really want to assist the bairn, she would've got the youngster sectioned while the stoned mother saw a professional. Instead, she resigns from the case during an argument with her boss, and the whole thing finishes there. Status quo maintained.
As for the father of the dead girl... what a nut job. He's got a self destructive streak a mile long after what's happened. He is openly racist to some Japanese businessmen during his working day, which results in him more or less getting the sack. Then, he lies to his wife about still having his job, before spending his days drinking and stalking a female estate agent, who we assume he wants an affair with... but the reality is somewhat different. You see, she plays a major role in all this, and you wouldn't want me to spoil the plot now. So let's just say finding out exactly what it is the highlight of the movie... unlike the rather uncomfortable scene that follows it.
Everyone is on form with their performances... there are some powerful moments involving the central pair, AND their married best friends (Who have their own crisis, NO-ONE in this film is happy). It just feels so disjointed, with the random behaviour blunting the overall impact of the piece. With more story cohesion, we could have something special here. As it is, it's more laudable for the sum of it's parts than as a finished article. 6/10
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