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A STORY ABOUT A YOUNG LONER WHO HAPPENS UPON A GUN ONE & IS DRAWN TO IT, DESPITE HIS FERVENT PACIFIST VIEWS. HE STARTS A SECRET CLUB CALLED 'THE DANDIES' WHOSE MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS 'NEVER DRAW YOUR WEAPON'. THEY SOON FIND THEMSELVES IN A PREDICAMENT WHERE THEY REALIZE RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN.
- Documentary Short: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
- Interview with Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier
- Commentary with Thomas Vinterberg and DP Anthony Dod Mantle
- Additional Commentary Track: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
- 5 Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
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For me, an american. It is important to identify with guns. Fully and completely comes to term with insanity our country has taken it. Dear Wendy does put that into a decent and most accurate light.
If you dont want the truth, keep the mirror turned over and walk away.
When compared to Moore's quasi-Documentation BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE you could say that it's not the fear that drives people to have fire arms but rather lack of self-confidence. The weapon literally becomes your friend and as with a good friend it's easier to walk along strangers and look them in their eyes. That's the result for the hero in this film. Only to carry the gun unseen by the others serves enough to make him able to walk straight and not feel like a complete loser. An experience that he begins to share with a friend. When they sorta think they have the proof that this simple thing actually works, they don't want to keep it to themselves as it would be "a shame not to share it with others". So next thing they do is builing a little group of so-called "Dandies" who worship their guns by the restriction not to use it and show it elsewhere but in their hideout.
It's very confusing later on, as I didn't quiet "get" what the thing about Sebastian was. He's black, and his grandmother used to serve in the hero's house years ago. As soon as Sebastian is part of the show, his grandmother is as well, triggering a really unpredictable plot point that, as a consequence, seems to force the dandies to break the roules and awaken their guns. Is there a message behind this? I know some people who think black people have more violant potential, and those would clap their hands at the end of the film. I see a bit of a risk there. Additionally, I don't see why it is the killer's grandma who gets them into the real trouble. It's interesting and entertaining, and confusing.
Maybe the movie wants to tell us that a fire weapon cannot be misused for anything else but destruction. In the context of the actual world situation (Iraq etc.), it seems plausible. But generally, it's not really true.
However, I thought the film was very interesting. Maybe I should give it less stars as some critical points are very unclear to me. But nah, It's a recommondation for sure.
I became a fan of Bell's back in 2003 when I first saw "Billy Elliot" and was mesmerized by his spunky, confident personality and oddly ordinary, "working class" look. I followed his career avidly from that point on. Is it his best work? No, but it's a part of his body of work that show his progression from a child into an adult actor.
If you like Jamie Bell's work you may want to get this one. It's very inexpensive so give it a shot. Otherwise you may not be so interested in it as the story is odd, his character quirky and the ending is not of your typical Hollywood "feel good" sort.