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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting from Sidse Babett Knudsen - 2009
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable luvvie's film
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.
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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
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Mikey (UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing from Denmark yet again!, 21 Mar 2013
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable luvvie's film, 9 Dec 2013
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny drama for grown-ups, 28 Jun 2013
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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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 19 Mar 2013
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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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good film, 7 Mar 2013
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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!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scandi Beige, 15 Jan 2014
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so, 7 Jun 2013
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Actors better than story. Actors great; story mediocre. Multiple partners; everyone wanting someone/something else. It seemed a bit silly and a waste of great talent
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie to curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine, 22 May 2014
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Definitely more for female audiences - a story of interconnected families, marriage difficulties and dealing with kids. Copenhagen looks great as always and the cast is excellent. Lots of layers, good pace and the usual scandi ability to tell the story without being too obvious or rushing - thoroughly enjoyed Above the Street Below the Water
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Typically Sensitive and well made, 19 Jun 2014
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Loved the plot and the familiar characters - quietly interesting development of the various storylines and lovely comic themes throughout.
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