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En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story) (2003)

En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 309

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Movie Info

Ole Christian Madsen follows up on his debut Pizza King with this Dogma 95 approved character study of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. At the film's outset, Mads (Lars Mikkelsen) dumps his girlfriend and picks up his wife at the local mental asylum. Upon being cast out of the peace and quiet of the institution, Mads' wife Kira (Stine Stengade) is noticeably agitated about being out in the real world. Of course, the lavish surprise "welcome home" party that Mads planned for her does … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Ole Christian Madsen , Mogens Rukov
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 23, 2003
Runtime:
First Run Features - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

Stengarde gives an arresting performance as a mentally unstable woman.

January 17, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

The film never particularly achieves any depth or resonance and ultimately comes across as a series of wacky, albeit rather disturbing episodes.

January 17, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Despite Kira's Reason's chamber-drama focus, it never achieves [Madsen's] first film's intimacy.

Full Review… | January 14, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

In Stine Stengade's intensely engaging performance, Kira is always one step away from the abyss, although, without apparent effort, she manages to hang on.

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Tying up the psychological loose ends of a movie that promised so much more, the trite ending subscribes to the bogus therapeutic notion that one good cry and a confession of vulnerability can wipe away a lifetime of repression.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

An incredibly touching ride along the jilting, jarring ups-and-downs of a deeply, madly loving relationship, where two people never quit trying, and failing, together.

May 29, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

[S]tunning... a sometimes painfully intimate peek at a crumbling marriage...

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Flick Filosopher

As [Kira's] actions become more impulsive and her marriage unravels, the film is engagingly unpredictable.

Full Review… | April 15, 2004
Film-Forward.com

Its pat finale ill-befits a film that otherwise strives successfully for stark emotional realism.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004
Apollo Guide

...Stengade's portrayal of a mad housewife is alternately arresting and repelling, the kind of work for which they ought to hand out statues.

Full Review… | May 5, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Had the film's center been the husband, it would have been more intriguing.

Full Review… | March 16, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Stengade, in her first leading role, is at once vulnerable and frighteningly manic.

Full Review… | March 4, 2003
Premiere Magazine

While Madsen and his Dogme 95 colleagues seek to overcome Hollywood's influence, Kira's Reason is an indication that they are a product of the same patriarchy.

February 1, 2003
Film Journal International

This Danish import provides a showcase for the lead actors, especially wide-eyed Stengade, who manages sensuality amid all the emotional volatility.

Full Review… | January 24, 2003
E! Online

The most colorful Dogme film, and the best to portray beauty, albeit damaged beauty.

January 17, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

[Allows] the actors to inhabit characters who are painfully contradictory, frustrating, flawed, vulnerable and bound to each other.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Easily one of the most affecting films of the year.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
eye WEEKLY

Steeped in a chaotic intensity that characterizes a fractured, disoriented mind.

Full Review… | January 19, 2003
Long Island Press

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