Bornedal and Cornell's adaptation of the novel by Herbjorg Wassmo starts off strongly but loses itself along the way unable to come to terms with the supernatural element in a satisfying way. Performances and styles vary throughout with Maria Bonnevie expressive but in over her head. Well shot by Dan Laustsen the film was the highest budgeted film shot in Norway up to that time.
I have seen this movie few years ago. I woud hardly give it any star. It spiralled very quickly from bad to worst. The proposition of the filmmaker is all over the place, and the acting is really dismal. Sorry, I usually stay away from giving bad reviews, as a sort of considertion for effort of the filmmaker, but I couldn't resist here.
I m going to write a a ruthless criticism , sorry but I haven't seen such bad actress for a long time. Her every expressions are full of with exaggeration . there are bad overactings. I couldnt understand this director 's behavior for bothersome details. one star for depardieu , one star for mikkelsen.
I read through the written reviews before watching the movie, unsure whether to make the commitment to a 2hr + film. Having be attracted to the photo, I decided to go ahead and watch it. I throughly enjoyed it. I liked that I felt a bit confused by Dina. I wasn't sure if I should relate to her or disdain her. In the end, she just seemed to embody all that which makes life difficult: loss.
A real mess of a film - way, way too long with way, way too many plotlines. No one involved realized that making us feel sorry for Dina is different than making us empathize with her - she's a totally unlikeable protagonist, and so the movie has nothing to cling to for two hours. It is beautiful, though.