Category Archives: Denmark

An unlikely friendship: “Spies & Glistrup” [2013 Denmark]

Cristoffer Boe (of Reconstruction fame) originally wanted to dramatise the life of late airline tycoon Simon Spies, but upon discovering the extraordinary friendship he also had with lawyer-turned-politician Mogens Glistrup, Boe decided to make a film about their relationship … Continue reading

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Scenes from Thomas Vinterberg’s “Festen” [1998 Denmark, Sweden]

Thomas Vinterberg is among the brilliant young directors to emerge from Europe over the past decade, and by some pleasant coincidence, I’m starting his filmography with a film where he isn’t even formally credited – “Festen” [Eng. Title: The … Continue reading

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Sonja Richter in “Elsker dig for Evigt” [2002 Denmark]

Susanne Bier’s “Elsker dig for Evigt” [Eng. Title: Open Hearts] is an interesting study of love and relationships, and how they could be influenced or complicated by other feelings such as guilt. It is a terrific piece of drama, … Continue reading

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Scenes from “Stille Dage i Clichy” BR720 [Denmark 1970]

I bet Jens Jørgen Thorsen isn’t exactly a household name in Denmark, but his 1970 film, “Stille Dage i Clichy” [Eng. Title: Quiet Days in Clichy] is utterly memorable, or should I say ‘unforgettable’! After watching it for the … Continue reading

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Charlotte Gainsbourg in “Antichrist” BR1080 [2009 Denmark, Germany, France]

I’ve had the film for a while but had been hesitant about writing about it for a number of reasons. It is one of the most depressing films I’ve seen in a while, and I really hated the idea of … Continue reading

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