Customer Reviews


22 Reviews
5 star:
 (10)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (5)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good film
I think te Danes are taking over the market of 'Decent films' in the last year, other than the latest bond film and Argo the only good films i have seen have been Danish. Take note!
Published 16 months ago by jev

versus
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scandi Beige
A surprisingly monotonous film in which the residents of one Copenhagen neighbourhood complain about their unfulfilled lives and rather despairingly interact with one another (in cars, houseboats, dressing-rooms, toilets) while their offspring look on bemused or disgusted. None of the adult characters is sympathetic, and most are strictly one-note (the Drunken Ex-husband,...
Published 6 months ago by Bill


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good film, 7 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
I think te Danes are taking over the market of 'Decent films' in the last year, other than the latest bond film and Argo the only good films i have seen have been Danish. Take note!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting from Sidse Babett Knudsen - 2009, 18 Jan 2013
By 
Mikey (UK) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
Just before going onto start the popular political drama Borgen: Series 1 & 2 [DVD] which would run for thirty episodes Sidse Babett Knudsen appeared in this 2009 Copenhagen-set drama Above the Street Below the Water in which she plays actress Anne who has put on a few pounds and happily living together with her partner Ask. One day Ask suggests that they both need their space and we then follow the paths of these two characters as they attempt to sort their lives out.
Many familiar faces from recent Danish series seen on BBC4 appear in this film including Nicolas Bro (Thomas Buch - The Killing - Series 2 [DVD]), Anders W. Berthelsen (Robert Zeuthen - The Killing - Series 3 [DVD]), Rykke Lylloff (Lotte - Borgen II), Ellen Hillingsø (Charlotte Söringer - The Bridge - BBC Series 1 [DVD]). In Borgen Sidse's character Birgitte has two children, one of them Magnus is played by Emil Poulsen Dam. Young Emil pops up in this film as Anne's son Anton. It's likely that his appearance in this led him to playing Sidse's next character's son as well.

Directed by Charlotte Sieling who has directed episodes of all three of the above series and Unit One: Season 1 [DVD], another Danish TV series released on DVD in the UK in January 2013, Above the Street, Below the Water is a quality film. The film is mostly in Danish with one character speaking Swedish throughout and one speaking Norwegian throughout with subtitles in English for the full piece. Sadly the subtitles could have been for the UK market rather than the US as we see "Mom" appear instead of "Mum" among other minor differences.

After seeing two series of Borgen and three other films with Sidse, I prefer Borgen and two of her other films, With Your Permission ( Til døden os skiller ) (DVD) (2007) and Let's Get Lost to this film. All in all it's a very good film and fantastic to see the talents of some of Copenhagen's finest actors once again.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing from Denmark yet again!, 21 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
If you liked Sidse Babett Knudsen in Borgen then you'll love this movie. It shows the human vulnerability of a variety of characters and Sidse gives a very real portrayal, as she does in Borgen. The other actors are believable too but maybe not to the same extent. Very good viewing. Highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny drama for grown-ups, 28 Jun 2013
By 
Hywel James "Hywel James" (Devon, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
I'll not add a great deal to the many favourable reviews here on Amazon other than to say "Above the Street, Below the Water" (or, in Danish, 'Over gaden under vandet', just to show we all speak the language after watching BBC4 on Saturday nights), is a seriously entertaining and very funny drama for grown-ups, where (self-inflicted) domestic difficulties are experienced by all the adults, and many of their children too, but where the children have the insight and objectivity to address, understand and for the most part forgive their parents' waywardness.

A great cast of distinguished and versatile actors, familiar to a BBC4 audience, deliver this wonderfully satisfying film. The final sequence where the boat is towed away (I'll say no more) is terrific. Highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scandi Beige, 15 Jan 2014
By 
Bill (Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
A surprisingly monotonous film in which the residents of one Copenhagen neighbourhood complain about their unfulfilled lives and rather despairingly interact with one another (in cars, houseboats, dressing-rooms, toilets) while their offspring look on bemused or disgusted. None of the adult characters is sympathetic, and most are strictly one-note (the Drunken Ex-husband, the lonely Marriage Counsellor, the Over-Weight Actress, the Kinky Theatre Director). Some characters lack even a single defining trait (such as the guy playing Hamlet, I'm not sure he even has a name).

Sidse Babett Knudsen is of course wonderful, and acts the pants off everyone else, but she alone isn't worth the price of the ticket. I thought I'd willingly pay good money to watch her changing a tap washer, but after this yawn-fest, maybe not. You can while away the time trying to identify the rest of the cast ("look, it's that blond kid again!"), deciphering the subtitles (often displayed in white on bright backgrounds) and enjoying the autumnal street scenes (rather more colourful than they are in 'The Bridge') but the 86 minutes will still seem like a lifetime.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable luvvie's film, 9 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
The shots of Copenhagen were quite pleasant, but this was a slice of not very believable life in the actor-art world of Denmark. A lot of shouting, drinking and drugs with dysfunctional marriages and (despite everything) wonderful triumphs at the theatre. Got the feeling that it has all been done before rather better and more interestingly.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 19 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
In this film, all the adult characters behave as if they were the main and only character in their own lives. Their children clearly need them but little Anton, forgotten by his mother, walks home alone from school across a busy road which his father has told him is very dangerous. His sister, young, fragile and pregnant is told she was a 'mistake' by both parents. The adults have sex in cars, toilets and doorways with whomever they fancy at the time, without thought for the consequences. The viewer is drawn in by the appallingly narcissistic behaviour of the grown-ups and the unnecessary waste of the young lives they can't bother to care for. Super acting and an excellent script!! The only pity is that it's in Danish, so you have to read the translation and can miss details on the screen.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2.0 out of 5 stars Above the Street Bellow the Water., 26 May 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
Big disappointment. We bought this DVD after watching BORGEN which has the same leading actress. Wrong. Did not meet our expectations.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2.0 out of 5 stars hello, hello, what's all this shouting, 2 Mar 2014
By 
Richard Bevan (Worcester, Worcs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
Although I'm a major fan of Borgen and anything else from Nordic countries (I live in Finland), this film was just a load of people shouting and getting annoyed at either each other or themselves and while Copenhagen might be a small town I don't think it's so small that everyone is so closely bound as in this film: the stage actress is seeing a woman psychiatrist who's husband runs the theatre. the actresses husband is having an affair with a woman journalist who (what a co-incidence) is reviewing the stage play at the theatre. The actresses daughter has a boyfriend who's friend is the son of the journalist. To complete the triangle the journalist's ex-husband lives in a boat moored under the window of the psychiatrist and theatre owner.
On the positive side the film isn't too long so the tedium and shouting are soon over.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 20 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] (DVD)
Not the best Danish film I have seen, was rather disappointed with the plot although I love Sidse Babett Knudsen in Borgen
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Above the Street Below the Water [DVD]
Above the Street Below the Water [DVD] by Charlotte Sieling (DVD - 2013)
£5.50
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews