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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.