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The Art of Crying (2006)
"Kunsten at græde i kor" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  27 April 2007 (Denmark)
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Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jannik Lorenzen ...
Allan
Jesper Asholt ...
Far
Julie Kolbech ...
Sanne (as Julie Kolbeck)
Hanne Hedelund ...
Mor
Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt ...
Asger
Gitte Siem ...
Faster Didde
Rita Angela ...
Farmor
Bjarne Henriksen ...
Neighbor Budde
Laura Kamis Wrang ...
Fru Budde
Tue Frisk Petersen ...
Nis Budde
Sune Thomsen ...
Per
Jacob Tranæs ...
Sole
Bodil Lassen ...
Frk. Port
Helle Jensen ...
Fru Simonsen
Rolf Hansen ...
Priest
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Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his father, Henry, the local milkman, and can't understand why others don't feel the same way. His family life is so twisted he thinks it's perfectly normal to stay awake all night dealing with his father's hysterics and suicidal threats. Allan's older brother left town several years ago, and his mother gave up long before that, relying on sleeping pills to escape Henry's tantrums. Allan then becomes obsessed with a rival family, whom he considers foolish white trash until they start taking away Henry's customers. He is frustrated that his mother doesn't take his father's complaints seriously, and is perplexed by the increasingly rebellious and bizarre behavior of his sister, Sanne. Incapable of understanding what's going on and heavily influenced by his father, Allan commits appalling acts, unaware of ... Written by Anonymous

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Selected as the second best Danish movie of the decade by the film critics of the Danish newspaper 'Information'. (Number one was Dogville (2003).) See more »

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Dark humour lost in place
13 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a dysfunctional family headed by a neurotic, depressive and abusive milkman Far (Jesper Asholt), eleven year old Allan (Jannik Lorenzen) stills beholds his father as a role model, unable to grasp the destructive influence he has on other household members. Far terrorises the family with his insecurity, forcibly seeking affirmation of his worth. His mother Sanne (Julie Kolbech) hides away inside from Far's incessant sobbing preferring to take sleeping pills than to comfort her hysterical husband, while older brother Asger (Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt) has escaped the house and enjoying his student life. Allan tries his best to keep his father happy, nagging his sister Mor (Hanne Hedelund) to do that thing, that she does to keep father away for him suicidal tendencies. Finally he discovers that Far is inwardly joyous whenever he has the opportunity to deliver riveting eulogies, thus tempting Allan to enter a murderous spree to supply his father with eulogies. Allan, still not old enough to see through the manipulative behaviour does the most dastardly deeds out of an innocent belief in his father's greatness.

Set in 1970s Danish countryside the story about an abusive patriarch takes a wicked turn into a coming-of-age story dabbling with dry humour, but the subject matter including incest and physical abuse grinds uncomfortably with the the tone of the film. Seemingly light the dark entrails make it a troublesome watch, as it jars with a dramatic contradiction. Narratively loose it also fails to truly develop the story, leaving it somewhat hanging in oblivion making it feel somewhat dragging and exerting your patience at times. Performances are well-rounded, set in the quirkiness of characters, but as the movie goes I found myself disinterested in their development as the story obviously lacks focus, throwing dramatic tantrums, instead of building on the material.


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