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  • Actors: Ulrich Thomsen, Helena Christensen, Henning Moritzen, Niels Skousen, Ellen Hillingsø
  • Directors: Christoffer Boe
  • Writers: Christoffer Boe, Mikael Wulff
  • Producers: Tine Grew Pfeiffer
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TXNDU2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,574 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Walter on 19 April 2007
Format: DVD
It's a story set in Copenhagen that takes place largely at night, in private, timeless places within the city, and also in the transitional places, the thoroughfares, the places between places. In this city, a man--through inattention, through carelessness--separates from his past, misplaces the foundational element of his identity. A woman is involved (of course), but the real problem lies entirely with him. She is a mirage of his own making, and, pathetically, he employs only the most futile methods in attempting to reach her. Finally, he makes a terrible error and becomes stuck in his own purgatorial tale, unsure where to turn and retracing his way through his private world, a world he should know--but does not--as well as he knows his own skin.

This, in a nutshell, is the premise not only for Christoffer Boe's new film, "Allegro," but also for "Reconstruction," his 2003 debut which earned both the Camera d'Or and Youth Prize awards at Cannes. Many reviewers have called Boe's work "surreal," though it falls, more properly, within the postmodern mode of "metafiction." A metafictional tale is a self-conscious story, one that continually reminds you that it is a contrivance, a construction. Indeed, the term "construction" is stressed at the opening of "Reconstruction," and the governing metaphor--both visually and thematically--for "Allegro" is a simple box container. Also, each film is narrated by a controlling figure who not only ushers the audience from one act of the film to the next but manipulates events backstage and also occasionally walks boldly into the story itself. As for precedents, in both Boe films one feels the echoes of recent work by David Lynch and Charlie Kaufman and also of Lars von Trier's early, rich, pre-Dogma period.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2008
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This is very much a movie for grownups by which I mean those people who believe that films belong to the visual arts and aren't just vehicles for stars, special effects or product placement. Other reviewers here have covered the ground in terms of the content and significance of "Allegro" and I will merely add that if you like your drama dark, your stories complex and unsettling, and your entertainment thought-provoking as well as thoroughly enjoyable, this is your kind of picture. Why not five stars? Structurally the film needed some tightening but it's well worth seeing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Vernon-morris on 12 April 2011
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A very interesting concept motivates this Danish film by Christoffer Boe, that someone's forgotten past and everything connected with it can become frozen in time. It is 'Avante Garde' in that the story line is a series of fragmented associations which are inconclusive, often in monochrome. Some of the story is outlined literally by short cartoon inserts, with diagrams and directional arrows, tracing the childhood of Zetterstrom and his development into an international Concert Pianist, and his fleeting affair with Andrea. Ulrich Thomsen plays Zetterstrom as an adult who maybe has lost the ability to love and feel in his struggle to reach perfection. Extracts similar to the Allegro in Greig's piano Concerto are heard throughout, and supermodel Helena Christensen debuts here as Andrea the woman who gives him his international image of being perfectly dressed but without bow tie, which she confiscates. Hence signifying maybe that the perfect Allegro of his life may always be incomplete, or that he can defy convention, whilst adhering to it.

On his return to Copenhagen for a Gala concert after a long sojourn in New York, Zetterstrom is given a mysterious invitation to the 'Zone' in the centre of the city which has become a life size image, which shudders when hit like a large perspex window, and is guarded by soldiers. This has to be accessed through - wait for it- the Ladies toilets in the Concert Hall. A very congenial older male host makes him confront his memories and failures in this 'time warp' and Zetterstrom still manages to make his performance on time and meet officials to the relief of a very high powered co-ordinator.

In a seminar mainly composed of students, Christoffer Boe says he tried to keep the film light hearted. Maybe meditating in the various unisex or other toilet arrangements around the world is theraputic.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Murray on 31 Mar. 2007
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I was drawn in by the DVD cover - it's beautiful. The film matches the style it is a super stylish lo-fi sci-fi. It's a real visual treat but it is not a case of style over substance - the pianist's turmoil is enthralling and ultimately heartbreaking. I loved the 'behind the scenes' extra too.
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By Rupert Williamson on 12 May 2014
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Really nice little film. Good and quirky, have to say that I had no idea how this was going to pan out
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