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Reconstruction (2004)

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73

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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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.

Apr 12, 2005

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (9) | DVD (7)

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.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Like love itself, Reconstruction works on an irrational, off-kilter plane, filled with elation, regret and elusive second chances.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It manages to engage you on the literal -- the immediate story, that is -- and the abstract.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Reconstruction works more resonantly as a cerebral exercise than an emotional voyage.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Toys with our feelings just enough to make us aware of ourselves but sufficiently refrains from manipulation- overload.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Stylish, complex and challenging, Reconstruction is a noir romance that teases the mind but leaves the emotions untouched.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

A film with some heft to it, even if it is a bit self-indulgent.

October 14, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Emblematic of a new sort of filmic collage in which artificial construction is as much a featured part of the point as a means to an end.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Starts out a little like a perfume commercial - the close-ups of beautiful people and the meaningful whispers, but it quickly turns into something much more intriguing.

September 26, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

at once a thought-provoking puzzle and a revel in the sad beauty of the emotion called love

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

As heart-rendingly immediate as it is intellectually sophisticated.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Offers not much more than a snazzy-looking but ultimately empty experiment.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's all confusing and made more so by Boe's overwrought narration, jerky camera movements and pointless aerial shots that turn what might have been affecting domestic drama into a soulless mind trip reminiscent of The Twilight Zone.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Boe's surefooted manipulation of characters and themes is genuinely dazzling, and cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro gives the film an intoxicating look.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.
July 17, 2011
romy861

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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.
October 24, 2006
guttersnipe28

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.
November 21, 2008
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Fragrant stimulation.A top notch film of 2004,a great film production,a charming gem of reflecting views and the magic of cinema inside out.Where the truth lies,the darkness' consequence dies.
September 3, 2008
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Dimitris Springer

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    1. Alex David: All I know is that if you are my dream, then I am yours.
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