Once Lydia was the innocent girl - a daughter of a painter - that young journalist Arvid fell in love with out in the archipelago. Or did he? Did he fall in love with the idea of what love is supposed to be? In its clearest, most untainted form. The beauty of love, the match made in heaven, the love at first sight. Arvid feels that he wants to make an importance in the world and make a clear break from his social background. His ambition stands in the way of marriage and the love slips away. A decade has past since they first set eyes on each other. Now both are married. Yet not with each other. They meet again and end up having an affair. An affair that forces the couple to reflect upon the time passed, how different they both have become and how far away from each other they actually are. The consequences of their affair are unforeseeable. In the hands of Lone Scherfig one of the most celebrated stories of Swedish literature have become a heartbreaking, humorous and erotic tale ...Written by
Ignore the bad reviews - this is a subtle telling of an obsessive love
I liked this film ( stumbled upon by accident on Netflix ).
I fail to understand it's critical reviews and accusations of bad acting and lack of passion . One critic ( not on here ) even criticised the lead actor for being "pale and slack shouldered" and being the antithesis of an American hero !! (Thank God for that )
To all the negative reviewers both here and on other sites - I don't agree!
Yes, the film has a Scandinavian calm and subtlety about it which some viewers used to frenetic and " in your face " Hollywood movies might not understand.
It has a mysterious ambient quality , reflected in the piano score and beautiful artistic shots of nature and of the city and the decor in the houses .
It's true the film isn't focused on red hot sex , and if this is what you're expecting then you'll be disappointed. But I did feel the main actors were excellent in their portrayal of an illicit love. Let's remember these are Scandinavians and maybe they're not going to be as excitable and overtly passionate as maybe other nationalities, but I felt their restraint and outward control while clearly struggling internally with jealousy ( especially the lead man ) were more convincing for this.
Give this film a go, ignore the negativity and you might be pleasantly surprised .
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