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A Soap (En Soap) (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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A dejected beauty salon owner enters into a tenuous friendship with her shy, pre-operative transsexual neighbor in director Pernille Fischer Christensen's simmering tale of affection and compassion. Thirty-two year old Charlotte (Trine Dyrholm) may own a successful beauty salon, but her failing relationship with increasingly unstable live-in boyfriend Kristian (Frank Thiel) has found her opting to strike out on her own for a change. As Charlotte embarks on a series of strictly sexual one-night

Feb 6, 2007

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Fear of Flying never got made into a movie. But imagine a 21st century version transported to Denmark with a transsexual thrown in for added titillation, and you've got the gist of the amusing melodrama Soap.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Another week, another movie about a depressed transsexual hooker.

November 3, 2006
New York Post
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... the film is an anti-soap opera in the trappings of an old- fashioned sudsfest.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The idea that these characters are willing to fight like cats and dogs, and destroy each other and themselves, to avoid confronting their intense attraction to each other is totally convincing.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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[The film takes] some of its cues from the soaps and melodramas the characters watch together and others from a realist tradition of considerable emotional heft.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie strands you in two miserable flats with these cliche-ridden characters and a static love story that is as predictable as it is pedestrian.

March 25, 2006
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While I might want to applaud Fischer Christensen for attempting to say something pertinent about gender roles and stereotypes, there is something curiously lacking in the characters.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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Director Pernille Fischer Christensen is striving, I suspect, for a quiet seriousness and a respectful approach to transsexualism, but there's a point beyond which quiet seriousness becomes too-staid solemnity.

February 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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A smart and assured spin on traditional soap-opera tropes.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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En soap never becomes too soapy, though the film does remain a bit mechanical and predictable at times, despite its rare insight in its subject matter.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: european-films.net
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Christensen joylessly scrubs A Soap clean of sudsy silliness until all that remains is Von Trier-ian starkness.

March 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for A Soap (En Soap)

Excellent! Kind of reminded me of Transamerica, but slightly darker, while still having a bit of froth to it as the title suggests. Both the leads are good in this, but I was particularly impressed with David Dencik who plays Veronica.
November 27, 2008
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[font=Century Gothic]"Soap" starts with Charlotte(Trine Dyrholm), a beauty salon owner, walking out on her boyfriend, Kristian(Frank Thiel), a doctor, suddently while he is out of town, moving into the first apartment she can find. When Kristian will not help her move her bed, she goes downstairs to the local pre-op transsexual dominatrix, Veronica(David Dencik), for help which she does reluctantly. Later, Charlotte drops by unannounced at her place, only to find her suffering from an overdose.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Soap" is an adequate character study of two people who are not happy with who they are and do not know what they want out of life. Veronica may say she wants an operation but her masculine appearance does not show much commitment to her hormone regimen while her overdose speaks of deeper issues than just gender. Speaking of a lack of commitment, there is Charlotte, who is the poster child, simply by trying to have sex with every man in Scandinavia. For a bourgeois relationship, her four years with Kristian is a little unusual in that it had gone on for so long without them getting married.[/font]
October 11, 2007
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