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Allegro (2005)

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33

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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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

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

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Although the film, much like its protagonist and his piano playing, lacks a certain passion, its stylistic structure and execution are coolly flawless.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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In Allegro, the past is a shadowy night town whose geography is continually rearranging itself.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Like its gifted, but emotionally frigid, pianist hero, Allegro is filled with technical virtuosity but short on real feeling.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Writer-director Christoffer Boe takes himself very, very seriously. Me, not so much.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Inventive, entertaining and pleasingly bold.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Part romance, part animation, part sci-fi thriller - Boe uses any and every tool he can get his hands on to tell this tale of emotional isolation and resolution.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Boe continues to remap Copenhagen with this arthouse sci-fi trip into the outer regions of love, identity and oblivion.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Spare, elegant and tailor-made for intense discussions over dark coffee, Boe's film is a slily bold and delightfully inventive variation on an age-old theme.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sadly confused, but some beautiful touches give this a magical feel.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A slight, pretentious Danish sci-fi romance, notable mainly for the former supermodel Helena Christensen's acting debut.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Had Tarkovsky ever felt the urge to shoot a perfume commercial, it would probably look a lot like Allegro, this super-stylish, pungently pretentious sci-fi romance from Danish director Christoffer Boe.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's a technically accomplished film, but one that lacks the sort of memorably poignant performances that Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet brought to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

[Director Christoffer] Boe offers us a vision of love as a beautiful thing that leaves destruction and pain in its wake.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

Though less ambiguous in its message than Reconstruction, Boe succeeds again in telling a captivating story about the emotions that connect us all.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

Ignoring any traditional storytelling boundaries, Allegro is an existential masterpiece from Denmark about the flaws of perfection and the consequences of allowing your memories to slip away into the unknown.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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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.
November 7, 2008
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[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]
June 6, 2008
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