Posts Tagged ‘ denmark ’

Movie I dig 020: Hævnen (In a Better World) (2010)

This Danish film is a nice example of how a few completely different storylines – each with it’s own problems, difficulties and shine – can be related, without making it fit too perfect. I think the most important spider in making this web of a film succesfull was without any doubt, the director Susanne Bier. The way she manages to relate these different stories – even though it involves the same people mostly – is impressive, especially if you consider how credible it still is. Of course the actors in this film also deserve their fair share of credit.

I think this film touches upon (although in exaggerated versions) many problems and difficulties that a modern European family faces today.

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Music I dig 011: Quadron – Slippin (2009)

I forgot how I first heard about Quadron, but I sure remember that I digged it straight away!

Today spring arrived at my place (sun, sun and we brought out the garden-lounge-set) and this song is made for spring. Even the vid is awesome.

Movie I dig 004: Submarino (2010)

This movie is a rough awaking to the dark days of two brothers in Denmark. Caused by a traumatizing experience in their youth (as if a alcoholic mother isn’t traumatizing enough), they are both finding it hard to adapt to grown-up life in this Scandinavian country. The scene were the brothers are still young and start dancing and drinking booze, they hid from their mother, to loud music (when they really should be taking care of a baby), for me really illustrates the first effects of lousy parenting from their mother’s side. The father (or fathers) of both are not featured in the story.

On brother got out of prison a couple of months ago and the other is raising his son by himself after the mother of his son passed away. The prison-brother Nick (played by Jakob Cedergren) like his share of liquor and seems like someone who has got himself under control, but who seems lost every once in a while. The other brother (played by Peter Plaugborg) is a single father trying to raise his genuinely cute son Martin (played by Gustav Fischer Kjærulff). The father is a heroin-addict who at the same time is trying to be the best father in the world. It’s touching but he still feels like a fuck-up because of his heroin abuse.

I don’t want to spoil to much, so I’ll leave it at that.

The atmosphere of the movie is very very dark and will keep your attention for the entire duration of the movie. It really is a story about the fucked-up side of an otherwise prosperous society. The acting is quite good and convincing. Thomas Vinterberg, who directed Submarino, did a great job.