I didn’t feel much for Dad saving people in an African Village while his wife(Marianna) and children were left without his presence. True that, they were both physicians, so money apparently wasn’t an issue. But divorce is. Mum (Marianna) was on double duty with her job, raising kids, and everything else. I think it’s a Danish film, so I am unfamiliar with the actors and their names. Which is fine by me.
What draw me in is the trouble his son, Elias, has at school. As he is befriended by Christian, he seems to go from the pot to the kettle. Boundaries, families, tension, love, secrets. Lots of provocative questions to think about. I like that.
I can only add my praise to an already well received film by KCLS patrons. The film lives up to it's award as the "Best Foreign Film". I consider myself lucky to have found it in the library catalog!
Two teenage boys learn about the meaning--or the lack of it--of death and suffering. This brave film is spot-on in its depiction of the boys, their parents, and their school and the events that draw them together.
There's a deftness in the direction and acting that tears at your heart and makes you hold your breath as the events slowly and carefully unfold.
The accolades and awards given to this film are well deserved.
I second that. DVD copy please!
How about a copy in DVD format?
When Christian comes to the aid of Elias, a classmate mercilessly bullied by a group of older kids, the two become fast friends. Quiet and unassuming, Elias finds an outlet of sorts in Christian's fiery temper and single-minded obsession with wreaking vengeance on anyone who crosses him. But when Christian's desire to even the score with a loudmouthed auto mechanic goes too far Elias finds himself in way over his head. Meanwhile the boys' parents are having issues of faith and forbearance themselves; while Elias' mom is dealing with her husband's infidelity, his father is facing a moral crisis of a different sort halfway around the world. At the same time Christian's father is dealing with issues of grief and guilt surrounding his wife's death...a struggle sadly misinterpreted by Christian. Susanne Bier's amazing ensemble piece examines the complexities of taking a moral stand from widely differing angles. She is well aware of the small compromises, white lies and sometimes contradictory messages heaped upon children as they try to understand the mysterious ways of grown-ups; ways that are often just as strange to the adults themselves. With excellent performances throughout and a wonderfully intimate visual style (scenes of Christian standing atop a silo looking down in judgement on the people below were truly inspired) it's little wonder it won last year's Best Foreign Language Oscar.
I'm getting used to these high quality films from Denmark, Sweden. This one is another excellent example from Susanne Bier. All the actors are simply excellent especially the boys.... How she gets them to emote/act in such close quarters is simply amazing. Having seen a couple of her actors in other films..... Well is just really shows their huge range. I've seen "after the wedding"... I will search out her other films. PLEASE keep it up Susanne!
This is an excellent movie. Well acted and written.
Scenes of protagonist at medical clinic in war-torn Africa could have been cut with no ill fx. Child actors excellent. Male lead from excellent Beck TV detective series just as good here. A relief to see to nice people in the movies for a change though teachers once again prove useless against an easily-prevented child bullying campaign.
I can see why it won "Best Foreign Film" at the Academy Awards. Well written, acted and filmed.
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