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Reconstruction (2004)



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Late one evening, Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to follow the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee, time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, towards whom he cannot return. Alex's future is Aimee's love. But will he have the courage to embrace it? A psychological romantic drama, about a man, who forgets about his past and must put his faith in love, in order to gain a future.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Christoffer Boe, Mogens Rukov
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Palm Pictures - Official Site


Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as Alex David
Maria Bonnevie
as Simone/Aimee
Krister Henriksson
as August Holm
Nicolas Bro
as Leo Sand
Peter Steen
as Mel David
Malene Schwartz
as Mrs. Banum
David Dencik
as Bartender
Klaus Mulbjerg
as Tryllekunstner
Katrin Muth
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Reconstruction

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

Boe's notion of cinema as a glamorous art is apparent, but his sense of narrative mystery tends to err on the side of pretentiousness.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Boe can be forgiven for occasionally bringing Reconstruction ... to the brink of pretension. It's his first full- length feature, and this is the mark of a novice. He makes up for it with a natural's gift for storytelling and eye for casting.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is Boe's first full-length film, but he already works the art form like a master. He proves he understands love lost and the hungry yearning burning inside love found.

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Like love itself, Reconstruction works on an irrational, off-kilter plane, filled with elation, regret and elusive second chances.

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It manages to engage you on the literal -- the immediate story, that is -- and the abstract.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Reconstruction works more resonantly as a cerebral exercise than an emotional voyage.

Full Review… | September 23, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Reconstruction


For a movie I knew nothing about and had no interest in seeing, this was fantastic! This was quite an unusual film, I didn't really "get" it until 10 minutes to the end, but I guess the clue was in the title all along!
What seemed to be a simple story about a couple who meet and experience "love at first sight", though one is married, and one has a partner already, soon takes a surreal twist, and I honestly didn't know what was going on for a while there.
I loved the filming and the "arty" way this was put together, cast were great. One of the best foreign films I have seen in some time.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Rather decent off-kilter relationship drama. Nikolaj Lie Kaas plays a young man who thought himself to already be in a relationship unexpectedly finds himself in a literary affair. His reality is distorted soemwhat, to what degree we learn with him, as friends and even family seem to treat him as a stranger. The film evidently takes a few cues from David Lynch, in its familiar-yet-not reality check, and the music and performances are highly worthwhile. I was particularly taken with the picture's approach of sensual obsession having more of an emotional impact than common rationality, making for an intoxicating experience.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

Wow! Incredible. Surreal. Bizarre. Bewildering. Terrifying. Enigmatic. Exquisite. Beautiful. Mysterious. Sensual. Romantic. Sad. Someone else will have to explain what it all means. This viewer was entranced, but completely unable to explain it. Puts one in mind of "Sliding Doors", crossed with "Stranger Than Fiction" and a little dash of "Memento" thrown in for good measure. An author, August (Krister Henriksson), takes his wife to a promotional book tour event. While in this other city, she does, or does not, have a brief affair with a young photographer, Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). The photographer's life is turned inside out and everything he thought he knew has come unraveled. Is this what really happened, or is this the material for the author's next book? Nothing is explained and the retelling is non-linear, adding to the difficulty in sorting it all out. An incredible piece of film making. Excellent casting with Maria Bonnevie pulling double duty as Simone, the photographer's girlfriend, and the author's wife, Aimee. Masterful direction, artistic camera work, solid editing and a beautifully haunting, minimalist score. The result is simply mesmerizing. Just don't expect to be able to wrap your head around it on a single viewing. One feels one will arrive at a different conclusion each time one watches it. It's that good.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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