Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story) (2007)
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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as Mrs. Castlund, Julia's Mother
as Monica Castlund
as Magnus Castlund
as Nurse Irma
as Attending Nurse
as Doctor Henriques
as Asian Killer
as Doctor Chen
Critic Reviews for Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story)
Ambitious cross-cutting and occasional bursts of strident music hint at psychologically complex parallels and readings that the film fails to deliver.
It's good, nasty fun until it gets boxed in by its own contrivances toward the end.
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.
[Bornedal] steers his mistaken-identity story in a more generic direction.
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.
Audience Reviews for Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story)
I'm reminded of a negative review I once read for "Stoker" (a film I actually like quite a bit) -- what compels a story? Or what makes a story compelling? Is a compelling story enough, or is what you do with it? I say this on the heels of "Just Another Love Story", a movie that sticks to its title in -- similar to "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Seven Psychopaths" -- its obsession in its tributes, homages, and every other play on the word. "Love Story" is a film noir, and it has all the trappings. Writer-director Ole Bornedal has a Tarantino-y Hans Landa sort of grin: isn't this all just so exciting? Short answer: fuck yes. It's exciting as hell, even if the suspense of something icy, violent and foreign isn't your shit. It so happens to be mine. Cheers to Anders W. Berthelsen's lead performance. "Just Another Love Story" may be a tad TOO melodramatic, but so what if it has a little kooky fun. I had a killing. The black comedy is in the tale of mistaken identity, but the punishment is in the fall. Meaning even if you laugh at its pain, you can still feel it. Sucks to know Bornedal's last work of note was "The Possession".
(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Intriguing and very entertaining. A mystery film worth seeking out.
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.
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