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Medea (1988)

Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the... See full summary »

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writers:

Euripides (play), Carl Theodor Dreyer (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Udo Kier ... Jason
Kirsten Olesen ... Medea
Henning Jensen ... Kreon
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Ammen
Preben Lerdorff Rye Preben Lerdorff Rye ... Paedragon
Baard Owe ... Aiceus
Ludmilla Glinska Ludmilla Glinska ... Glauce
Vera Gebuhr Vera Gebuhr ... Aeldre Terne
Jonny Kilde Jonny Kilde ... Store Dreng
Richard Kilde Richard Kilde ... Lille Dreng
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ... Jasons Stemme
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Glauces Stemme
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Storyline

Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the throne. In exchange, Medea and the boys are to be banished. Jason explains that his actions ensure a rich future for Medea and her sons. She asks that she be allowed to stay; Kreon refuses. She asks for one more day, and begs Jason to seek the king's permission to allow their sons to stay in Corinth. Jason agrees and Medea prepares a gift for her sons to give to Glauce. Will Medea leave peacefully? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Медея See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,415, 25 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,087, 7 September 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Danmarks Radio (DR) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The price of despair
7 July 2016 | by federovskySee all my reviews

As every art-house director knows, for mood and atmosphere you only need cut out the dialogue - that's easy. Every line of dialogue makes the action more human, more trivial - which may be the main reason why Shakespeare's plays have little emotional value, no matter how rich the poetry and how high the body count. I mention Shakespeare because the visual presentation here kept reminding me of Hamlet, and no doubt Trier could do a good one because he adds plenty of artistry to the most pared-back ideas. It's not rich, but sparse and fragmentary, like a tattered cloth buffeted by the wind, like patches of memory. The characters merge with the natural elements on several occasions, the sea, the windblown grass.

Medea is very much trapped in an imposed psychology, as are we all. The gods are pulling all the strings, or so it seems. She is not callous, not mechanical in killing her children, but tortured as she does fate's bidding. The children are part of the same system and must play their role in honouring their mother's agony. The tragedy is in the passive resignation. Trier communicates this far better than Pasolini, who communicated next to nothing in his version. We're watching someone plumb the very abyss of misery on account of simple vanity. That has always been worth some reflection.


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