Une excellente et succulente première heure (comme une délicieuse tarte aux pommes) acidulée et pétillante à souhait, constellée d'un humour grinçant et décalé, avec des acteurs performants et des situations étonnantes d'absurdité. Par contre, la demi-heure qui suit n'échappe pas toujours à un grotesque facile et quelquefois pesant qui déséquilibre légèrement l'oeuvre dans son harmonie "divine"... www.cinefiches.com
Payback is both an epiphany and a ruthless bitch. Morality demands its share of the irrational: an ex-professional tennis player who retraces his steps to the rank of thief; a madonna on the edge of an abortion; a disgruntled immigrant masquerading as an unsung freedom fighter; a disfigured prophet who refuses to die from a brain tumor; and a baby-boomer skinhead on a quest to bake a pie. A plague upon us all.
"I think it's going to be a good day." Absolutely brilliant movie. A bit like reading a John Sladek novel. Dark, dark humor. "The Devil is testing us all the time. We have to make the right choices. If we all listened to reason the world would be a gloomy place to live." The Jeppe Kaas music really works in odd ways. Fantastic to watch the interaction of the priest Ivan and neo-Nazi Adam. My first Jensen film.
3.5 At times, understatedly hilarious and delightfully wacky. At times, reminiscent of scarily sad Tennessee Williams plays about denial. The tree got tiring, if only because trees are like guns in movies. If a gun is shown, it will be shot. If a tree is shown, it will fall. The musical score was sometimes intrusively overly romantic, particularly during the pie-eating scene. Excellent acting all around.
A true stinker: "too flippant to be moving as a spiritual allegory and too clumsy and unfunny to succeed as a deadpan comedy, its momentarily amusing moments ... [are] overshadowed by its glib, pseudo-shocking treatment of sexual abuse, xenophobia, the handicapped and the Holocaust, and finally drowned out by its fundamentally tedious simplicity." (Nick Shager, Slant)
Pulling from the Scandinavian sensibilities that produced it, the film is subtle. The conflict bubbles under the surface from the very get go, though it could easily be passed over because no one wants to rock the boat. The film knows what it wants to say and knows how to get there, but the road is still a bit too rocky for my tastes. A good film, but not exactly my style.
Did I hear anyone say that the British are the only masters of black humour? This Danish masterpiece certainly proves otherwise and manages to be fun, enjoyable and warm throughout, even though the viewer has to suffer through almost as much as Ivan, the reality abnegating priest.