Just Another Love Story [Kaerlighed Pa Film]

"Very Good"

Just Another Love Story [Kaerlighed Pa Film] Review


Starting as a quiet drama about identity and obsession, along the lines of While You Were Sleeping, this Danish noir thriller drifts more towards Vertigo as it develops. And then it breaks into pure ironic terror. Even though it's sometimes contrived, it's utterly gripping.

Forensic photographer Jonas (Berthelsen) narrates his own story, Sunset Blvd-style, through a series of flashbacks. After rescuing the helpless, beautiful Julia (Hemse), he allows her family to think he's her boyfriend. He knows he should tell the truth, but the mystery is too inviting, and when she wakes from her coma, her memory and vision cloud her understanding. The problem is that Jonas is married to Mette (Fich), and as he obsesses over Julia he begins to forget who he really is.

The film's tricky structure keeps us on our toes through constant revelations and plot twists, as each flashback fits together into a puzzle that's both unsettling and involving. Filmmaker Bornedal creates a purring narrative with dark, sweaty imagery stylishly edited and combined with sleek effects work.

Watching this unfold is a strangely hypnotic experience, and we follow the events through Jonas' limited perspective, just as fascinated as he is by the intrigue of it all.

And it gets seriously deranged as it progresses, with a sinister wheelchair-bound figure wrapped in bandages lurking in the background in the hospital. This is an increasingly dark, creepy film that jarringly crosscuts between the past and present until, like the characters, we're not quite sure who's who anymore. Everyone's aware that something's not quite right, but the big picture remains maddeningly jumbled. As Jonas tries to face up to what he has done to both of the women in his life, he begins to lose a grip on himself.

In the end, it gets rather overwrought, with an over-the-top snarling villain and a grisly finale that doesn't quite hang together. But the contrast between relaxed realism (Jonas with his happy family) and nightmarish horror is both effective and entertaining. And the film has a terrific sense of bitter irony as plays with our ideas of identity and belonging.



Facts and Figures

Production compaines: Thura Film

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: Anders W. Berthelsen as Jonas, Rebecka Hemse as Julia, as Sebastian, Charlotte Fich as Mette, as Frank, Ewa Fröling as Mrs. Castlund, as Mr. Castlund, Josephine Raahauge as Monica Castlund, Timm Vladimir as Magnus Castlund, Ditte Hansen as Kirsten, Fanny Bornedal as Clara, Daniel Stampe as Frederik, Jannie Faurschou as Dr. Irma, Karin Jagd as Nurse, Niels Anders Thorn as Dr. Henriques

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

The 2003 comedy Bad Santa is a holiday classic that skilfully mixes gross-out humour with...

Allied Movie Review

Allied Movie Review

There's a terrific script at the heart of this World War II thriller, with a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

Indignation Movie Review

Indignation Movie Review

Philip Roth's layered novels are a challenge for filmmakers (see also 2003's The Human Stain...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been...

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Yet another bonkers thriller starring Nicolas Cage, this trashy crime comedy comes from director Paul...

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

"Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" is a DVD...

Advertisement
Arrival Movie Review

Arrival Movie Review

This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with...

Elle Movie Review

Elle Movie Review

There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing...

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

The Light Between Oceans Movie Review

With a sweeping, picturesque setting and emotive performances, this dramatic epic will appeal to moviegoers...

The Accountant Movie Review

The Accountant Movie Review

While this slick dramatic thriller plays with some intriguing ideas and themes, it never actually...

Train to Busan Movie Review

Train to Busan Movie Review

Leave it to the Koreans to reinvent the zombie horror movie and put a high-speed...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.