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.