When filmmaker Johannes returns from a lecture one evening, he finds the house in mourning and terror: his wife has killed their baby. A meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness and understanding, and a Protestant melodrama on the subject of grace.
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A lot of sorrow. Some subdued joy.
Nils Malmros' autobiographical movie explores a troubled, trying, and tenuous relationship and the struggle recover from an almost unimaginable tragedy through commitment, compassion, and reluctant self-examination. It's sometimes baffling why this couple connected, and so why they fight to endure. The choice seems to be ... http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/film/sorrow-and-joy/
so the story is true and it's a tough story but that's about the only thing in this film. The characters are stiff, they lack life, like the rest of the images. the film has no lungs, there is no air in it. it's as if all creativity was choked by director's feelings. everything is too close, too direct. i felt nothing. it also ruined my pleasure of seeing the beautiful "Kundskabens træ".