It’s All About Love is the story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of cosmic collapse. John, and world-famous ice skating star, Elena, are about to sign divorce papers when they realise that, in spite of everything happening around them, their love is worth fighting for. It’s All About Love is a fresh take on modern love and future life as two lovers struggle in a conspiracy of epic proportions. –IMDb
In addition to rapidly establishing himself as a formidable cinematic talent, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg is notorious for celebrating the idea — via his own career accomplishments and an overall philosophy he has encouraged in others — of utilizing more lightweight film production equipment and smaller budgets, as a stride away from big-studio gigantism. His co-establishment (alongside Lars von Trier) of the Dogme 95 film movement exemplifies this idea.
Born on May 19, 1969, in Copenhagen, Vinterberg graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993 with Last Round under his arm — a student short that garnered a formidable number of honors around the globe for a first-timer, including the Jury Award and the VFF Young Talent Award; it would ultimately receive a 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Subject. He went on to helm the short-subject follow-up The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1993) — the sad tale of a Danish boy who internally chastises himself… read more
I might be one of the few people who really likes this movie despite its flaws. Sure its pretentious and a bit all over the place but to me there is some strange poetic beauty in this film I cannot shake. And to be honest I'd rather take a messy movie with an interesting tone or feel than a well-put-together-middle-of-the-road-movie which already confirms everything I know about cinema.
Vinterberg’s disastrously-received follow-up to his celebrated Festen sees the distinctive Dogme of that breakthrough replaced with a sort of vapid, post-millennial pseudo-postmodernist polish: no real identity to it, also due in part to the uneasy imbalance of dramatic, romantic, conspiracy and dystopian elements splattered over. Not quite a calamity, but merely confused; thus wandering, rather than wanderlust, and rendering its ‘soulful’ pretensions impotent, rather silly.
Apparently Claire DANES was so panicked when she saw the film that she cried for two days and held a crisis meeting with Joaquin Phoenix about it... WHEN YOU SEE THE FILM YOU UNDERSTAND HOW SHE MUST'VE FELT. WELL...KINDA. FOR US IT'S JUST A MISJUDGED AND BADLY EXECUTED FILM. FOR HER IT'S ALL ABOUT A FILMMAKER - RIDING HIGH ON "FESTEN / THE CELEBRATION" - WHOM SHE BELIEVED IN AND WHO LET HER DOWN.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
As much of a train wreck as it is, this is the movie that got me back in to Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg’s 2nd film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn is a strange one to say the… read review