Two sisters meet again after four years. One walked out on the other before a kidney transplant, so naturally they don't hit it off right away. Circumstances during a birthday party changes things somewhat, and they move in together and start going out, mainly to find the perfect guy for one of them.
A paperthin premise, but surprisingly realistic and compelling, thanks to Susanne Juhasz' winning and sincere performance. Mira Wanting plays the other self-centered sister. Stand-up comedians Mick Øgendahl and Carsten Bang appear in pointless cameos.
Not for all tastes, but funny and played with conviction. Juhasz' disastrous date with Nicolas Bro is as hilarious as it is embarrassing. Incidentally, alternate ending (available on DVD) changes film's message completely!
From the opening credits, a bullseye parody of Kyle Cooper's classic title sequence from SE7EN, the film hits a note far away from your usual animated fluff, be it from Disney, Pixar or anywhere else, for that matter. If Tim Burton and The Farrelly Brothers directed South Park, it would look something like this. Adapted from Anders Matthesen and Mette Heeno from Matthesen's radio play, it's a paperthin story of sixth-grader Terkel, who receives death threats and has trouble with a couple of bullies at school. But what it lacks in story, it compensates for with inventive CGI animation despite its low budget (more Jimmy Neutron than Finding Nemo), brilliant voice characterizations by Matthesen (who does all the voices), and a sharp, anarchic, non-PC and absolutely hilarious sense of humor. Extra bonus: Pixar-like "outtakes" during end credits.
The film didn't have the emotional impact on me that I was led to believe from the positive advance words Dogville received on the Cannes festival. The bizarrely constructed style and artificiality of the whole thing mute whatever true emotions might have emerged had the film been made "traditionally" (for lack of a better word). All the more so, when the end credits with authentic photographs of Depression-era America accompanied by David Bowie's THE YOUNG AMERICANS, has a far more powerful effect than anything preceding them. First in a trilogy (U, S and A), to be followed by Manderlay and Wasington (not a typo!) Widely praised, and if you buy into the conceit, your rating may be higher. Anyway, it's extremely well acted, under the circumstances. Narrated by John Hurt.
How about a remake with Ving Rhames, Samuel Jackson and Jeff Bridges?
Overall rating: **½ out of ****.
The supernatural elements of the first film are totally ignored this time around. Okay entertainment, but doesn't hold up to close scrutiny. **½
Best scene has young Dina introduced to the magic of the cello. 6/10.