Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Very Noir

Danish Language/ English subtitles
Director: Ole Bornedal
The title may lead you to believe that this is a cute
little sentimental movie. Nothing could be further
from the truth. What comes to mind is more like
a Danish Hitchcock, by way of Patricia Highsmith.
This is an intense story of betrayal, deception,
and yes, love.
Jonas ( Anders W. Berthelsen ) makes his living
taking pictures of homicide victims for the police.
Even this is routine for him as is his predictable
married life in the suburbs. He becomes involved
in a car accident. A young woman ( Rebecka Hemse)
is injured, taken to a hospital, is in a coma, recovers
as an amnesiac and blinded.
Jonas decides to check on the condition of the woman,
enters when her wealthy family are present, and is
mistaken for her boyfriend. He begins a pretense that
goes to an incredible level. Non-linear in style, this
film noir reaches back and forth with great intensity.
The cast is exceptional in this thriller, which is also
more than a bit of a dark comedy.
Great cinematography, great suspense. You won't
know what's coming next. This is a movie worth
searching for. I saw it on Netflix. I hope you have
a good source.
By the way, I read that this movie is going to
be remade in Hollywood. Well, you never know,
but catch it now, if you can.


A Cuban In London said...

Many thanks for the review and Hitchcock mixed Highsmith is always a bona fide.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban-
Thank you..I will always be a fan of that combo!
Glad you could get this post..seems to have disappeared for the last day, trying to solve my own blog noir!

Aleks said...

Interesting,I will look for the film,greetings from me,Sandra

Lyn said...

Hi Sandra-
Thanks..I hope you find it and enjoy it!

Butternut Squash said...

Sounds pretty creepy. I do induldge in noir from time to time. Thank you for the review.

Lyn said...

Hi Butternut-
Creepy/scary yes, but worth effort...have fun!

Jeane Myers said...

okay I'm one click away from my netflix and am going there immediately - sounds wonderful thanks Lyn

Unknown said...

Sounds right up my alley; love Hitchcock types so will put on my blockbuster list!

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Hope you enjoy..let me know!

Lyn said...

Hi Gaston-
Thanks for checking this out..now don't scream too loud!!

Deedee said...

Sounds very entertaining-much better than the formulaic crap that's usually around. I'll have to check it out!

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
Thanks...So many movies these days are made for 12 year old boys! Where does that leave us? I like to rummage through the foreign thrillers /dramas..

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

I wondered why I hadn't seen this post earlier. Must have been your gremlins!

As I don't subscribe to any film services, I guess I'll have to wait for this to come around. So long as it's not too scary!!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
It is maddening when the gremlins take over..I'm trying to raise my threshold of patience!!
Now, this movie is a bit scary-you'd best watch it with someone so that you can grab their hand!


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