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3.4
45 Ratings

Sorrow and Joy

Sorg og glæde

Directed by Nils Malmros
Denmark, 2013
Drama

Synopsis

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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Sorrow and Joy Directed by Nils Malmros
There’s an emotional flatness and sentimentality to the film that is unsurprising given the need for distancing coping mechanisms such an event must elicit. What is most challenging and intriguing about the film is its relationship to reality and implicit status as a tool for processing and positioning trauma. In this context, the very nature of the film is ambiguous.
September 15, 2015
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Near the end of Sorrow and Joy (13), Malmros’s painfully intimate, emotionally forthcoming latest film, Signe, asks her husband, middle-aged filmmaker Johannes, why he’s never made a movie about “learning to love”…
January 27, 2015
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[According to Olaf Möller, “Malmros] tries to look clearly to see what there is, humbly and without a trace of narcissism. Malmros considers his life useful for other people to see.” This is especially true of his most recent film, the extraordinary Sorrow and Joy (2013), which moves from shock to reflection upon how people might learn to treat one another.
February 04, 2014
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