Wondered what, beyond translation, could make a remake more 'Hollywood'. Already so glossy that any empathy it elicited simply slid right off... My part as viewer, too, was as explicitly scripted; I had only to feel what it told me to, each scene. Granted, framing war not as glorious but only morally ambiguous verges on (gasp!) politics, but not so radically as to feel 'foreign'. Maybe the vignetting was too arty?
Una buena historia sostenida por la sobervia actuación de la hermosa Connie Nielsen. Los secretos destruyen familias y los traumas de guerra machacaran los ultimos resquicios del corazon sin salvarse la propia sangre. película que gana a pulso su clasificacion de independiente, muy recomendable.
It's hard to develop any kind of sympathy for military personnel once you realize that every major conflict after the WWII is due to support BIG company issues. That aside, this movie deserves a lot of compliments. With human-centered scenes it depicts two disturbing situations at a frighteningly close psychological approach: a severe family crisis after a war mission and a raw composition of a hostage situation.
This is a very, very good film. Multi-layered depth of understanding of multiple complexities provides fertile ground for a well-crafted and superbly acted script. Great direction and editing, surprising plot progressions and some very subtle aesthetic flourishes into the bargain. Several opportunities for all the pieces to fall apart into jumble and nonsense...instead, everything hangs together nearly perfectly.
Not quite as moving 'Open Hearts', but once again it's the quality of pulling the viewer in and drowning them in emotions of reality that really stands out. Really enjoyed seeing some recurring faces, especially Nikolaj Lie Kass and Ulrich Thomsen. The slightly confused ending ruined the experience a little, but it's a great piece and I will no doubt go back to it over and over in the future.
Subtle yet powerful film, which seamlessly interweaves narratives of sibling rivalry and the consequences of war through the lives of two brothers, to show how one pivotal moment can dramatically alter the course of one's life. The acting is equally understated, which allows the viewer time time to reflect, which is heightened by the blackened screen edge that makes it literally less clear, inviting a closer look.
Far better then the U.S remake for one the actors look their age and Thomsen and Kaas are awesome in their roles as the brothers and that scene that the film is based around is far more powerful in the Danish version then the U.S for some reason. Nielsen is great too.Also the Children are great (U.s Version too). My Favourite Bier film along with After the Wedding.
Susanne Bier provides some solid direction and her cast is phenomenal. Thomsen (is this guy ever bad in anything?) and Nielsen really turn in some powerhouse performances, and even though the story doesn't always go quite the way you'd like it to, it's a very emotionally honest feeling film.