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 Overlæge Dichmann
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)
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.
[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]
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