Semaine de la Critique - Reconstruction
- Strong debut for Denmark's Christoffer Boe's film about one young man's having to choose between the love of two women
Denmark’s media called Christoffer Boe’s debut, Reconstruction, one of the most innovative films of recent years and compared the newcomer to Lars von Trier.
Presented in Critics’ Week, Reconstruction lived up to the hype. It is a complex and fascinating story that develops on a number of levels, combining desire and recollection, dreams and reality. A man meets a woman, they fall in love, then separate, even though the love that brought them together was the result of painful and risky choices, with no room for indecision. Love is an act of courage and symbolises intellectual and emotional honesty.
Boe recreates this atmosphere with grainy cinematography, with blue and red tones, that is anything but ordinary. He edited the film so as to emphasise the different levels on which the story can be interpreted.
“There is a place and a time for everything in the universe, but things are moved, disturbed and altered until we have something totally new, a place where the words “I love you” are pronounced for the first time,” says Boe. “Our only hope of making real progress is by accepting what we know and what we want to achieve, false innocence does not work in love.”
The cast includes two “shooting stars”, Maria Bonnevie and Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the film was made on location in Copenhagen and produced by filmmakers Åke Sandgren for Nordisk Film Production and broadcaster TV2 with support from the Danish Film Institute and the Nordic Film & TV Fund. Nordisk Film Internationl Sales is handling international sales.
(Translated from Italian)
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