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Mifunes sidste sang (1999)
Lighthearted Mifune keeps the promises
Søren Kragh Jacobsen has succeeded to make a liberating, lighthearted and entertaining film, that - unlike the other Dogmafilm (Festen and Idioterne) doesn't leave us disturbed and worried afterwards. The only thing Mifune leaves behind, is a simple smile (and not necessarily in the bad sense of the word).
The casting is eminent, as the actors never let that feeling down of a fairytale-story from the Danish potatofields. Especially Iben Hjejle as a sensual and bright girl. You just want to take a bite of this woman. She has got that hot radiation and down-to-earth attitude that the Hollywood divas and plastic operations never have had, and never will get. Jesper Asholt reveals a great talent as the retarded Rud in such convincing style, that it brings memories to other outcasts and misunderstood loveable film-monsters like Quasimodo, The Elephant Man and King Kong!
Being the third of the succesful series af Dogma film, makes it impossible to avoid comparisons. Whereas Vinterberg and von Trier in their contributions deals with deep psycological traumas and tragedies; confrontation used as therapy and finally; defeat turned in to victory - Søren Kragh-Jacobsen doesn't dig deeper than the first inches in the Danish soil. And that's why Mifune won't be catagorized in the same extravagant league as the two highly rated foregoing movies deserves. But maybe that's just what's good about this third one. The last thing the Dogme brothers and sisters would like to see, was if the concept got locked in some genre or in a pre-fabricated pattern. In a way this film - hopefully - serves as a link between what started it all - and what we can expect to come from Dogma in the future. (6/10)
Time Out (1988)
A nice try. However...
A Danish/American road-movie (first of its kind!) with Patricia Arquette as she was about to rise to stardom. Fans won't be disappointed. The movie has its peaks and a surprising and controversial plot and ending. The problem is that the story is TOO far out. It is one of those films with a million to one chance that this might happen in real life... But OK, it isn't real life - and it's always interesting to watch a European director shooting in the US.