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Yes, trickery--as Danish film maker Christoffer Boe warns us up front with his floating cigarette and magician's hands--is of the essence in this romantic fantasy. What is played with is reality, which of course is what film makers do.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie, I recommend that you stop reading here because what follows will likely spoil the movie for you. For those of you who have seen the movie, you might want to see it twice and then read what I have to say.
One thing about movies like this is that if you get the "key"--that is, the director's rationale for the way he plays with reality, you more or less get the movie. That's fine and can be enjoyable. If you don't, the movie can be a bit disconcerting and even exasperating.
The key here is to realize that it is Aimee's husband August, the novelist, who is the puppeteer. As Vladimir Nabokov liked to remind us, it is the essence of the novelist's art to manipulate the strings. The fact that this story is experienced from Alex's point of view inclines us to look for the key to understanding the film from his point of view. That is the error. Although Alex's persona dominates the film, at the center of the story is August. This is his fantasy and Alex is really just a prop in that fantasy, unable to understand what is happening to him. Indeed Alex--a charming and attractive young man with advanced pick-up skills--is a "gift" from August to his beloved Aimee.Read more ›
Other reviewers seem to have covered the basics of the style and plot of the film well, but they seemed to have missed a large part of what the director was trying to do.
This film is more a statement on cinematic expression itself than on love. The director is showing how he can manipulate the viewer's thoughts and emotions, just as Aimee's husband the writer can manipulate the relationship between Aimee and Alex with a few strokes of the pen. With art things can be deconstructed only to be constructed again, and expression doesn't have to be confined to the rules of reality.
The other reviews seemed to have missed the quote at the end, where the director warns the audience that the characters in the film aren't anything more than that. They are simply fictional entities created for the purpose of manipulating the emotions of others, which is achieved by both the director and the writer within the film.
This is a very complex film that requires several viewings before it starts to make sense. If you like artsy films or films with deep meanings then this may be a good film for you. If you don't really like vague and confusing endings (at first) and are more of a person to watch happy-ending films then this definitely isn't the film for you. And if you aren't open-minded artistically you probably won't like this film either as you will spend most of your time trying to analyze the theme of love in the film while it covers much deeper issues than that.
ultimately I concluded that this was a necessity of the story, not merely a showcase for the actress. Alex turns his back on his "girlfriend," a pleasant, pretty, devoted and very safe woman, in favor of a strikingly beautiful, exotic woman of mystery. In the end, however, he harbors doubts as to his true feelings for the woman he does not, and maybe never will know. Yet, having doubted, he loses her and cannot go back to his girlfriend. This is his tragedy - fear of an unknown love. This, to me, is very typical of most people. The vast majority tend to marry the "safe" type, yet fantasize about the mysterious exotic type. If one should come face to face with the mysterious, however, one usually is too frightened make it a reality. The mechanations of the story line and the shifting reality reminded me of the movie "Julia, Julia," starring Sting (in a fantastic job of acting) and Kathleen Turner. In that movie, the tables are turned, and it is the woman whose reality is at stake. I would highly recommend this movie to those who enjoy borderline surreality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An enjoyable, well shot (and very well acted by Marie Binnevie in a double role) mind game of a film. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by K. Gordon
I watched this movie because it was in the filmography of a book I have been reading, The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by TripsCallerDoh
Northern European films are either extremely interesting, or completely whacko.
This falls into the latter category. Read more
I find that Danish movies have a great sense of realism and honesty, it makes the characters very likable. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Chase T. Clay
"This is how it always ends - a little magic, a little smoke, something floating. We begin like this. It's not like the beginning - so take it easy. But it's important. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Christopher Langford
A very interesting movie from Denmark. The story revolves around Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), Aimee (Maria Bonnevie), Simone (Maria Bonnevie... again!) and Aimee's husband. Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by Sharad Yadav
What this film is basically asking is this: Would you risk it all for sex with a stranger? Would you risk your friends not knowing your name? Read morePublished on May 1, 2005 by Chris Roberts