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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Engaging psycho-drama with thriller elements - a fine balancing act

8/10
Author: gmwhite from Brisbane, Australia
8 September 2006

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As the title suggests, this title is basically a story about two women: Marie and Ninni, who, at the start of the film, are both very pregnant, looking forward to becoming mothers together.

** Slight spoiler alert **

Needless to say, things don't go according to plan. Ninni's baby is discovered - in a routine checkup - to have died in utero. Marie, in contrast, gives birth to a healthy young lad. Conflicting emotions torment both the sisters: joy and guilt, mourning and jealousy. Soon, Marie becomes suspicious of the attentions her sister is giving the child, and senses something sinister at work. As relationships frazzle, older family secrets bubble to the surface. If everything happens for a reason, can the death of a baby be a catalyst for a greater healing?

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Obviously, a film of this kind is not going to be easy going, though a fairly wide range of emotions are involved, and the ending is strangely uplifting. Marie and Ninni are both rounded, but frail, human beings. (It also helps that they are very well acted.) Their respective husbands - who are also given considerable screen time - support them as best they can, juggling their spouses' problems with work commitments. And Harry, the father of the title, tries his best to keep things together as issues from his own past surface.

Rather than a straight drama, a few thriller elements have been worked into the plot without the movie drifting over into simple thriller territory either. It is a balancing act that is well achieved by the director. The use of flashbacks and the representation of subjective reality is also well done, contributing to the total effect of the tale.

I must say that I watched this movie with little foreknowledge, and was pleasantly surprised. It took me to places I hadn't expected it to take me, and mixed genres in an interesting way. A couple of notches above standard family dramas, it is definitely worth a watch.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A beautiful drama which breaks your heart

10/10
Author: pappersdraken (pappersdraken@hotmail.com) from Gothenburg, Sweden
9 November 2005

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This extraordinary movie tells us the story about two sisters, Ninni and Marie. They are both middle-aged and pregnant for the first time. Ninni is a housewives who lives in a huge apartment with her successful husband Jonas and Marie is her opposite; working with animals and living in a small flat with her husband, the taxi driver Erik.

They are all visiting Harry, the father of Ninni and Marie, to celebrate his birthday. Marie is worried about her child, since it has stopped moving around. The two sisters and the husbands drive to the hospital to check that everything is all right. The mid-wife immediately hears the heart beat. Jonas wants Ninni to check her child as well. She doesn't want to, but he convinces her to do it anyway. No heartbeats are found and a doctor confirms that her child has died.

She is forced to give birth to her child and while she is being delivered, Marie is also giving birth to a child. A perfectly healthy child.

This movie is about jealousy and love. Ninni can't accept the loss of her child and she wants to share the baby with Marie. None of them feels any good and after a while, old secrets are to be revealed.

I really adored this movie, I was deeply touched by it. But don't see it if you're feeling down!

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