Tag Archives: 2000s

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En soap (2006) – It hurts. – Lots of things do, don’t they? Slippery when wet! Self-image and unfulfilment are under scrutiny in this sordid, strange, sad »comedy« on relations, identity, gender, and sex. Both tender and raw in its entertaining, … Continue reading

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Levottomat (2000) Restless, aimless, and clueless on relations, (lack of) intimacy, and sex – all set in a heavily color-saturated, erotically charged Finland. Partly unpredictable, highly implausible, mostly inexplicable. Maybe in my book of emotion and numbness.

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Tο μόνον της ζωής του ταξείδιον [The only journey of his life] (2001) Set in old Constantinople, this could have been a truly enchanting fairytale. Instead it turns into an unnecessarily confusing parable of truth, lies, mental disorder – and the art of storytelling. … Continue reading

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Wilde mossels (2000) A gone father, plus a mother too close for comfort. That’s the basic recipe for aimless self-destruction in this unpredictable, nervy, beautiful, funny, touching, and sometimes cute coming of age story set in wide open but isolated Zeeland. Ripe … Continue reading

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Bænken (2000) Downtrod man tries to redeem himself by rising to the occasion in the hour of deepest need. Gripping social realist fairytale about parents and children, independence and addiction, history and future. Commendable, predictable, inevitable. Probably in my book … Continue reading

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De tweeling (2002) Two young siblings separated by almost every conceivable border – deaths in the family, health, country, class, ethnicity, religion, ideology, lies, circumstance. Is there a possible way back to reconciliation? A very neat construction. Maybe a little … Continue reading

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Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (2008) The enjoyable south or the terrifying north? A »surprising« answer to that rather inane question is given in this goodhearted and amusing bagatelle. Highly contrived and implausible, as light comedies usually go. Turned out to … Continue reading

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