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      Reconstruction

      PG-13 Released Sep 10, 2004 1h 31m Drama List
      72% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A photographer named Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) leaves his girlfriend one night to pursue an alluring stranger. Soon Alex and the stranger, Aimee (Maria Bonnevie), begin a turbulent love affair. When Alex attempts to return to his old life, he finds it has literally vanished. His former girlfriend no longer recognizes him, and his apartment doesn't exist. When Alex realizes he is part of a literary fantasy beyond his control, he has no choice but to discard his past life and embrace the future. Read More Read Less

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Wesley Morris Boston Globe Boe's notion of cinema as a glamorous art is apparent, but his sense of narrative mystery tends to err on the side of pretentiousness. Rated: 2/4 Dec 10, 2004 Full Review Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle Boe can be forgiven for occasionally bringing Reconstruction ... to the brink of pretension. It's his first full- length feature, and this is the mark of a novice. He makes up for it with a natural's gift for storytelling and eye for casting. Rated: 3/4 Nov 12, 2004 Full Review Dorothy Woodend The Tyee (British Columbia) A shadow of greater films (Last Year at Marienbad) are echoed back in arthouse light, (or lite) shall we say. Aug 24, 2017 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Paul Sherman Boston Herald Rated: 3/4 Dec 10, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave s Christoffer Boe's Reconstruction is like that abstract piece of art that you see hanging in the gallery – seemingly meaningless splotches of paint, lines that wander off to nowhere, the certainty that it's been hung upside down – that you enjoy and appreciate but simply can't articulate why. Alex and Aimee meet in a bar. Both are in relationships. Both sense a mutual attraction. Both may be a figment of a writer's imagination. Or they may be real. Who knows? Why is the door to his apartment suddenly only a few feet high? Why does nobody recognize Alex later in the film? There may be perfectly good explanations, but they're beyond my mental faculties. Regardless, it is at times a beautiful film to look at and the characters are, without exception, interesting. Just don't ask me to explain the meaningless splotches of paint or the lines that wander off to nowhere. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a Danish photographer has a relationship with a Stockholm-bred girlfriend, Simone (Maria Bonnevie). Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee (Maria Bonnevie) whom he meets at a subway station. In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return. "It's all a film. It's all a construction," announces the narrator, who is soon revealed to be a noted Swedish author, August (Krister Henriksson), as well as the tale's apparent inventor. Alex forgets about his past and must put his faith in love, in order to gain a future... "Reconstruction" is the psychological romantic drama film and the debut of Christoffer Boe, who also wrote the screenplay. It was filmed in Copenhagen and won the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 Golden Plaque for Manuel Alberto Claro's luminous wide-screen cinematography. The focus of "Reconstruction" is the constructed and artificial play around love. And I reckon the pillar is the fact that time and place can be forgotten when in love and Boe has taken that literally in his debut film. The characters are needy of love and understands the importance of it during the development of the story. The screenplay raises many questions, there´s a lack of explanation and the story is open to interpretation. Boe has approached the movie via the "Dogme 95" manifest and that works. The cinematography is up close and personal, forcing the actors to really use their faces in the scenes. I do like that. I like both Maria Bonnevie and Nikolaj Lie Kaas, but Krister Henriksson feels a little off centre. There´s a great atmosphere of melancholy and metaphysical anxiety that lingers around the scenes and its environments, but "Reconstruction" never really manages to convince you fully on. It confuses you more than it intrigues you. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully filmed, but pretty weird story. It seems that the protagonists in the film are actually the characters of the book which plot continuously changes. If you like David Lynch's movies you'll probably like this one, too. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Christoffer Boe has an eccentric way of portraying not only love but also its counterparts. How we, as human beings plea in need for love, how it is supposed to surprise us and how we all strive with the fear of losing something (or someone) we might not even possess (anymore) in the very first place. But overall, Boe speaks about our ultimate fear: the fear of being forgotten. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member That's how it always ends. A bit of magic, a bit of smoke. Something floating... One of my all-time favs Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Intensa, muy poà (C)tica, con esas dosis griegas y el desamor olvidado al estilo de Gondry hace del trabajo de Boe una magistral y confusa puesta en escena, bordeando entre Lynch y el lirismo pesimista de Haneke. Muy recomendable. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A photographer named Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) leaves his girlfriend one night to pursue an alluring stranger. Soon Alex and the stranger, Aimee (Maria Bonnevie), begin a turbulent love affair. When Alex attempts to return to his old life, he finds it has literally vanished. His former girlfriend no longer recognizes him, and his apartment doesn't exist. When Alex realizes he is part of a literary fantasy beyond his control, he has no choice but to discard his past life and embrace the future.
      Director
      Christoffer Boe
      Producer
      Tine Grew Pfeiffer
      Distributor
      Palm Pictures
      Production Co
      Director's Cut
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Sensuality|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Danish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 10, 2004, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 12, 2005
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $72.8K
      Runtime
      1h 31m
      Sound Mix
      Surround