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Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: An intense foreign language noir, Just Another Love Story uses some generic methods to tell its tale of mistaken identity but is sharply entertaining nonetheless.

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Nightwatch director Ole Bornedal returns to quicken the pulse of thriller fans with this genre-bending tale of a crime scene photographer and family man who is violently shaken out of his suburban malaise following a fateful car accident. Jonas makes his living by capturing gruesome crime scenes in all of their lurid detail, yet lately the beleaguered shutterbug has grown increasingly despondent in both his career and his personal life. One day, while driving through the city, Jonas is involved in a car accident with a young woman named Julia. Unconscious due to the impact of the crash, Julia is rushed to the hospital. Later, a concerned Jonas makes a special trip to check in on Julia, and finds her comatose in her hospital bed and surrounded by loved ones. Having never actually met her boyfriend Sebastian, Julia's family immediately assumes that Jonas is the man they've all heard so much about as of late. While Jonas is all too willing to step into the role for the time being, his ruse grows complicated when Julia awakens with amnesia, and the real Sebastian begins to grow curious about the intruder that has stolen his identity. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Flemming Enevold
as Overlæge Dichmann
Ewa Fröling
as Mrs. Castlund, Julia's Mother
Bent Mejding
as Castlund
Josephine Raahauge
as Monica Castlund
Timm Vladimir
as Magnus Castlund
Ditte Hansen
as Kirsten
Daniel Stampe
as Frederik
Jannie Faurschou
as Nurse Irma
Karin Jagd
as Attending Nurse
Niels Anders Thorn
as Doctor Henriques
Desmond Boateng
as Receptionist
Rune Klan
as Mechanic
Thomas Chaaning
as Asian Killer
Lin Kun Wu
as Doctor Chen
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Critic Reviews for Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story)

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

Ambitious cross-cutting and occasional bursts of strident music hint at psychologically complex parallels and readings that the film fails to deliver.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's good, nasty fun until it gets boxed in by its own contrivances toward the end.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

You can see this Danish offering as a sardonic update of familiar noir material, or simply as the story of the midlife crisis of a guy who wishes -- or dreams, or dreads -- that he's living out a grand drama. There are pleasures to be had either way.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[Bornedal] steers his mistaken-identity story in a more generic direction.

February 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I suspect anyone who went for last year's foreign-language pulp fiction of choice, Tell No One, will be rewarded by Ole Bornedal's latest.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's interesting that two of the best thrillers of the last several months, Tell No One and Just Another Love Story, have come from Europe.

February 19, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story)

½

A more than solid movie that in some scenes feels a bit pretentious, but it's still well made and tells a solid story. I liked the dynamic of the last act with Sebastian and Jonas each pretending to be the other. The movie sort of drags a bit even if it isn't that long but it never really hurts the overall experience all that much. Really good thriller.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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½

[font=Century Gothic]"Just Another Love Story" is anything but.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]After all, how many start like this: Jonas(Anders W. Berthelsen), a crime scene photographer, is dying in the middle of the street on a rainy night with his wife Mette(Charlotte Fich) crying over him.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Even though the passion has lessened from their marriage, they are still happy with two children and a car that is constantly breaking down. When it breaks down again on the side of the road, it inadvertantly causes Julia(Rebecka Hemse) to spectacularly crash her car, leaving her in a coma. Feeling guilty, Jonas goes to see her at the hospital, bluffing his way into her room as her boyfriend Sebastian(Nikolaj Lie Kaas).[/font] [font=Century Gothic]That's strange. Because Julia shot Sebastian in Hanoi.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Got that?[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Just Another Love Story" is a neat psychological mystery with a couple of plot conveniences including Julia's blindness and a dead boyfriend. It is influenced by both Almodovar and Hitchcock with a structure that blurs reality and fantasy which is appropriate since both Julia and Jonas have their share of dreams which is how they bond in a bravura sequence that cuts back and forth between the hospital and a Saturday evening at Jonas'. Subscribing to National Geographic, Jonas dreams of traveling the world which requires not only money but the will. Julia's dreams of travel might have leaned more to the romantic, never thinking they would land her in a hospital room back in her native land of Denmark which she was trying to escape along with her family. While Jonas comes off as something of a heel(but does he deserve his fate?), he is still trying to do the right thing and be nice which is her family's fantasy of the kind of man she should be attached to. But Julia may be too much of a fighter to need any of them. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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