Ulrich Thomsen and Helena Christensen star in this mind-bending exploration of love and memory inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic science-fiction film, Stalker.
Zetterstrom is a celebrated Danish pianist who has forsaken human emotion in pursuit of perfection. Upon returning to Copenhagen, he begins to have visions of a former lover – a woman who has been erased from his mind. Struggling to remember his past, Zetterstrom must enter a mysterious part of the city known as “The Zone” to recover his memory and reclaim his life. –Koch Lorber Films
Christoffer Boe (born 1974) is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is an established and well-known not only in Denmark, but all through the world. Among his international awards there are FIPRESCI Director of the Year at San Sebastián International Film Festival and Golden Camera at Cannes Film Festival in 2003. He is also co-founder and director of the film production company AlphaVille Pictures Copenhagen.
Boe was born in Rungsted just north of Copenhagen, Denmark. After school in Denmark, he went to study the history of cinematography in Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. Then, he continued his studies in Copenhagen University. In 1997 he decided to go deep into movie making and was accepted at the National Film School of Denmark director’s course.
During that time he directed a trilogy of short films: “Obsession” (1999), “Virginity” (2000) and “Anxiety” (2001). They were 20 to 30 minutes long and starred Maria Bonnevie and Nikolaj Lie Kaas. They’re all… read more
The catchy stylings of Reconstruction quickly resurface, but where that film confounded, Allegro charms, for at the heart of its meta game is now a universal, sweetened tale of the scars of a repressed memory; its surrealist incursions intimately confined in its unique twist on Tarkovsky’s Stalker: The Zone here signifying the origination of all unresolved love, in its own journey of confrontment - only now melded, then, with the mournful dirge and languish of Solaris. A beguiling revival of Boe’s class of cinema.
Meh. My third Boe film this month; this one feels too much like a retread of his other work (the opening also owes something to Run Lola Run, not the least of which because of its use of animation)... the voice-over narration (another echo of Lola) seems like a pointless exercise. As much as Boe would like it to be an original take on the difficulty of love, intimacy, memory, it just comes off as obtuse and empty.
Having been fascinated by Reconstruction, i have to admit that this was a bit disappointing. It was good but far from meeting my expectations. I guess he set the bar too high with his first feature, now it is hard even for him to go higher. Still ,can't wait to see his other films.