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Allegro (2006)



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Drawing inspiration from famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 sci-fi classic Stalker, director/co-screenwriter Christoffer Boe's heady tale of love and memory follows an acclaimed Danish pianist as he sets out to a mysterious area known only as "The Zone" in hopes of reclaiming his memories and reconnecting with his past. Zetterstrom (Ulrich Thomsen) is a pianist who has sacrificed human emotion in order to achieve perfection. Though many years have passed since Zetterstrom left his native Copenhagen to live in New York, he is now drawn back to his birthplace in order to take part in a gala concert. Upon arriving in Copenhagen, Zetterstrom is contacted by a messenger from an off-limits area of the city known only as "The Zone" and offered an opportunity to remember his long forgotten love for the beautiful Andrea (Helena Christensen). Yet while "The Zone" can indeed resurrect the memories of the past, Zetterstrom will soon discover that there are limits to what one can accomplish by visiting this mysterious and magical landscape. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2007
International Films - Official Site


Ulrich Thomsen
as Zetterstrøm
Nicolas Bro
as Terence Sander
Benedikte Hansen
as Piano Teacher
Svetoslav Korolev
as Young Zetterstrøm
Tommy Kenter
as Professor Fromberg
Simon Bonde
as Guard 2
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as Person on Street
Tom Jensen
as Servant
Kristian Halken
as Piano Tuner
Knud Romer Jorgensen
as Man in Underwear
Marie Høst
as Woman in the Zone
Signe Vaupel
as Woman in the Zone
Jon Lange
as Man in the Zone
Casper Steffensen
as Man in the Zone
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Critic Reviews for Allegro

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

[Director] Boe's technique has more flash than passion.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Although the film, much like its protagonist and his piano playing, lacks a certain passion, its stylistic structure and execution are coolly flawless.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

In Allegro, the past is a shadowy night town whose geography is continually rearranging itself.

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Like its gifted, but emotionally frigid, pianist hero, Allegro is filled with technical virtuosity but short on real feeling.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Top Critic

Writer-director Christoffer Boe takes himself very, very seriously. Me, not so much.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Inventive, entertaining and pleasingly bold.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Allegro

Although I'm not entirely pleased with the dogma-like direction the core of the story is intelligent, and as most sad things, very beautiful.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Allegro," it has been ten years since Andrea(Helena Christensen), the love of the live of Zetterstrom(Ulrich Thomsen), a concert pianist, walked out of his life. In the interim, a small section of his native Copenhagen has been sealed off behind an impenetrable force field in an area called the Zone which many fear is in rubble.(Well, it could be worse. It could be a giant ESPNZone restaurant.) While in New York, he is invited back to perform just across the way from there...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Allegro" is a pretentious and dull piece of drivel that feels like a bad episode of "The Twilight Zone" by way of Tarkovsky. It would have at least been interesting(if not terribly original, maybe) if the movie had gone with more of a "Sapphire and Steel" approach with a flexible time zone in order to depict the important events in Zetterstrom's life, instead of just deriding his accomplishments and forgetting any pleasure his performances may have given. Sure, he is eccentric and does not like to perform(I don't like anybody looking over my shoulder, either), but there are other ways he could earn a living, such as recordings.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]So, why do people keep making movies about characters they obviously have no sympathy for?[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The director's follow-up to brilliant Reconstruction, unfortunately, fails to deliver. It's very similar in style, but lacks in substance. While the debut feature was delightfully cryptic and featured great chemistry between the leads, this movie has neither. Perhaps it still could have been a great short - it really feels like a mediocre Twilight Zone episode stretched into numbingly long 90 minutes.

Gabriel Knight

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