Overly schematic and reductive; and yes, of course, Bier's fondness for scenes of damaged white saviors receiving the adoration of the Third World poor is uneasy-making at best, but I can't deny that I kind of liked all the extreme eyeballery, nor that I did a lot of crying. I may even have had a mild catharsis in there. But that Sigur Ros album, (), which I hadn't heard in years, might've brought that on by itself.
Some extraordinary performances buttress a contrived storyline and bizarrely terrible cinematography and music. It's sappy and loud but there's something to its core and it's not bad as background noise.
I love Mads ♥ although he never looked quite credible in this role to me, in fact the whole film never felt quite credible. Bit of an overwrought melodrama but its heart was in the right place...I guess 3/5
A strange outcome, this is. Not unique in any significant way (social message, cinematography, acting -all more than adequate), it is thoroughly enganging. Although, as other reviewers pointed out, it verges on a refined soap opera, its ultimate human drama and the sheer relevance of its subject-matter cuts across class and gender barriers and high-growth North/low-growth South. Maudlin at points, yet it has merits.
Good script, but why such melodramathic scenes? I like Jorgen's character though. At the first sight, you think he s just an arrogant human being, but as you watch, you realize that he s man who is willing to do everything for his family. Its a good movie, but i think the director did overweight a lot in drama.
I'm in the middle of the movie now and I feel the need to warn potential viewers: skip this one, it is a bad movie, really. Everything is so contrived, was the script written by Martians? Did they have a chance of observing humans closely once? On top of that -- meaningless closeups (the EYE!) and "emotional" music from time to time.