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Reconstruction (2003)

Cast: Nikolaj Kaas, Nikolaj Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, more...
Director: Christoffer Boe, Christoffer Boe
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 93 min.
Subtitles: English
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Danish filmmaker Christoffer Boe makes his feature debut with the psychological romantic drama Reconstruction. Set in Copenhagen during a 24-hour period, narrator August (Krister Henriksson) works on his novel while his wife, Aimee (Maria Bonnevie), has a one-night stand with photographer Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). The next morning, Alex appears to have lost touch with his surroundings as his friends, family, and girlfriend Simone (also played by Bonnevie) treat him like a stranger. Reconstruction won the Camera d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Love and Magic by talltale April 19, 2005 - 1:28 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
If you enjoy "art" films (those that challenge you to think outside the box rather than stuff you with more of the same Hollywood junk food), RECONSTRUCTION may be just your petit four. I found it consistently interesting and unusual; filled with attractive performers who were put to good use; distanced, ironic and more than a little elusive.

"What's the point?" you may ask, post-viewing. I would say it's about our difficulty with "love"--that tremendously overused and misunderstood word. What is it? Why do we (particularly men) have such trouble with it? And how does it change our world? Oh, yes--and where does "magic" fit into this scheme of things: Does it create "love" or vice versa? If you understand why the "location" of the various characters is so important, do let me know. Unless.... Could that location be part of the (re)construction of the title?

You'll probably have plenty of questions of your own. Us males, in particular, may begin to wonder if we are just looking for the same woman in different guises. In any case, you'll see and hear a wonderful application of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings"-- much better than the schmaltzy, heavy-handed manner Oliver Stone used it in his overrated "Platoon." (It may seem silly to mention both movies in the same review, but the Stone film is a good example of what passes for "art" in Hollywood.)

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2003
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
If my desert Island was a hospital bed
With a long recovery and all the pain meds I can get my veins around, these are the movies i'm looking forward to... See you on the other side!

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