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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 January 2013
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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on 21 March 2013
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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on 19 March 2013
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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on 15 January 2014
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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on 9 December 2013
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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on 3 August 2015
A strange and charmless film that is inadvertently quite funny. Borrowing from the angst school of French sexual dramas we have six characters intertwined in an emotional crisis, most of which is totally implausible and lacking that French joie de vivre. We have the theatre director who with one look at a strange women somehow entices them into vigorous al fresco couplings, the drunk husband on a boat - keep an eye out for the changing whisky bottle labels - and the marriage guidance counsellor with problems of her own. The lovely Sidse has to put up with her philandering husband and the fact she is too fat to fit into her Ophelia dress for a production of Hamlet - a role she's too old for anyhow (and maybe too young to be Gertrude). That notwithstanding, towards the end of the film, the three female leads all seem to wear the same red dress - but never together in one scene. Was the wardrobe budget all spent!.
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VINE VOICEon 28 June 2013
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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on 7 March 2013
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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on 1 June 2016
I love Danish TV dramas like Borgen, so I thought I'd give this a try. There aren't many actors in Denmark, so if you've seen the popular TV shows, you'll recognize most of the actors in this movie, including the kid from Borgen, who also plays Sidse Babett Knudson's son here.

There's just not a lot going on here. Scenes from different people's lives that are interconnected, but no real character development. The screenplay is short on dialog and the director believes you can substitute lingering closeup shots for action or dialog. It doesn't work
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on 22 May 2014
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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