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Reconstruction

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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ALEX, A PHOTOGRAPHER & BEAUTIFUL AIMEE MEET BY CHANCE & FALL IN LOVE IN THE COURSE OF ONE INTENSE DAY. THEIR FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER ARE PUT TO THE TEST AS THE WORLD AROUND THEM BECOMES MORE & MORE ALIEN.

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  • Actors: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Klaus Mulbjerg, Nicolas Bro
  • Directors: Christoffer Boe
  • Writers: Christoffer Boe, Mogens Rukov
  • Producers: Lars Kjeldgård, Tine Grew Pfeiffer, Åke Sandgren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007IO74U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reconstruction" on IMDb

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By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2006
Format: DVD
I was having a lot of trouble deciding which of the two women in this film I liked better, the delicate, pale Aimee or the tan, more working-class appearing Simone. Such a dilemma--and one that confronts and confounds protagonist Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). Turns out that it doesn't matter.

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.
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Many people seem confused about this movie and how they feel about it and what it means. Thats because there isn't a interpretation that can be called correct, as the director intentionally left it ambiguous.

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.
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An enjoyable, well shot (and very well acted by Marie Binnevie in a double role) mind game of a film.

It doesn't add up to much emotionally, but it stays pretty fascinating most of the time, as young photographer Alex is repeatedly drawn i
into an affair with the same woman, only to find reality changing, and that she suddenly doesn't know him. The same with other people in his life.
And then suddenly they DO know him again, but seem to see him with new eyes.

There's a strong suggestion that what we're seeing is a story being reworked (reconstructed) by a writer, a fantasy that the woman's older husband
has in his head.

A lot of critics were harsh on this (though a few loved it) for being film-schoolish and deliberately obtuse. I can't argue. But I still can't say I didn't
enjoy it's mysteries.
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The films narrative is greatly shown and I do think is very original, it is not easy to understand but why do you have to understand everything always. The questions that the film arise are great ,as Bergman would have said "I have the impression that the questions are more important than the answers. I do recommend this movie its worth every dollar.
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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. I was really disapointed. My wife bailed on the film after about twenty minutes as it was just too ugly to look at. It looks like it was filmed on video with the ISO set way too high. There is lots of noise and the lighting is pretty bad. There is a lot of siezure inducing cuts which did not seem to add to the story. To add insult to injury the font of the subtitles were jagged and hard to read. Perhaps some of this is a function of watching it from DVD on a 1080p screen but I haven't had similar complaints about other films on DVD. The acting in the film is good and the main man and woman are enjoyable to watch. I speak German and English and I was surprised how much I could understand without actually knowing Danish. I think this is a film that starts with an intriguing concept of the way that an author manipulates reality and his complex relationship with his wife. This has been done well in literature but it just didn't translate well on film. I feel as I write this that I may be sounding too harsh but I am still angry about having to have watched a film that looked so bad. Sure plot and theme are the essence of a good film but you just can't watch a film without looking at it and this one looks terrible. Then of course, there is the plot which isn't that great. Yes, yes, I get it, it is all in the author's mind but come on, you have to make me care a little bit more. So a sad thumbs down on this one primarily because of its ugliness but also because of a failure of the plot to be interesting enough. The male lead, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, has promise so I might try and check out some of his other films.
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