Denmark

Henrik Ruben Genz – Gud taler ud AKA Word of God (2017)

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It is the 1980s – Jens and his brothers live in a single-family house in Risskov, a suburb of Aarhus, Denmark. Here, the family’s patriarch psychologist and self-appointed God – Uffe – rules the roost in his dressing gown and underwear. Changes threaten the peace when Uffe decides to write his memoirs. The family home is suddenly filled to the rafters with Uffe’s loyal patients, who both provide Uffe with moral support – and drunken companionship. As insurrection smoulders on the part of his three sons, maternal Gerd Lillian does all she can to keep the family together. But for Jens, Thomas and Mikkel to break free of their father’s tyrannical rule and grow up will require a final, inevitable showdown with ‘God’. Read More »

Henrik Ruben Genz – Undskyld jeg forstyrrer (2012)

Undskyld jeg forstyrrer (2012)
A story about the beautiful but confused young woman Helene, who, according to her mother, was born as a ‘technical error’. Helene suspects that her father, who left his family before Helene was born, might be the once celebrated director of a dilapidated theater in Copenhagen. Assisted by a series of bizarre coincidences and by her mother’s dog (a creature in whose shadow Helene has always lived), Helene manages to get closer to her father. »In Heat« is a rugged, larger than life comedy about finding your place in life. About being accepted and the price you pay in doing so. It’s a story about identity—amongst all creatures, including humans. Read More »

Henrik Ruben Genz – Kinamand AKA Chinaman (2005)

Kinamand (2005):Hulking Keld Decker (Bjarne Henriksen) looks little more than befuddled when Rie (Charlotte Fich), his wife of 25 years, leaves him. With his business on the rocks, he sells off nearly all his possessions, and starts eating atthe Chinese take-out restaurant across the road, methodically working his way through the menu. Read More »

Anders Thomas Jensen – Retfærdighedens ryttere AKA Riders of Justice (2020)

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Markus, who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up. Read More »

Jens Jørgen Thorsen – Stille dage i Clichy AKA Quiet Days in Clichy (1970)

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Joey is a struggling writer with no money. His roommate Carl is a womanizer with a taste for young girls. Together, these insatiable dreamers will laugh, love and screw their way through a decadent Paris paved with wanton women, wild orgies and outrageous erotic adventures. Based upon the long-banned novel by Henry Miller, Quiet Days in Clichy is considered to be the most daring film adaptation ever of one of the most controversial authors in history. Read More »

August Blom – Ekspeditricen AKA In the Prime of Life (1911)

Yay! Another Danish silent melodrama. Actually, this is a particularly superior example. The Danish Film Institute’s website, from which this copy comes, descrbes it thusly:

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A wealthy young man, Edgar, sees a shopgirl, Ellen, and is immediately attracted to her. He buys her flowers. They meet next Sunday and, presumably, often thereafter. Three months later Ellen is pregnant. The couple decide to marry, and Edgar tells his mother. His father convinces him not to marry Ellen and sends him away to visit friends in the country. The daughter of the family he visits, Lily, gets him to write to Ellen when she finds out about her. Edgar’s fahter, however, has convinced Ellen’s former employer, to whom the letters have been sent, to turn them over to him. When Edgar gets no reply from Ellen, he secretly returns to the city. Read More »

Jonas Kærup Hjort – Den Næstsidste AKA The Penultimate (2020)

A Kafkaesque tale of an insignificant Water Inspector who arrives at a giant remote building in order to register the residents’ water meters. Before he knows of it, he finds himself trapped inside the building facing an impenetrable maze of obstacles. In his attempt to escape, perception of reality, the rational, and the remnants of his human existence is turned upside down. Read More »