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The Anatomy of loss.,
This review is from: Aftermath [DVD] (DVD)
This is a 2004 film from actress and director Paprika Steen originally released as `Lad de små børn'. It stars two of the now much respected stars of Danish TV from `The Killing', that being Sofie Grabol and Mikael Birkkjaer who play husband and wife Britt and Claes Lehman. They have just lost their only child, a daughter, in a car accident. She was killed by an estate agent who was more fond of the bottle than road safety. The couple can not come to terms with the loss and it inevitably puts pressure on them and their friends who can do nothing to stop the downward spiral that grief has taken these two, erstwhile happy people on.
Britt works for Social services with problem parents and soon she finds herself starting to take her work home, and I don't mean the paperwork. Meanwhile Claes starts to find the triviality of being an architect just too much to bear. He is also fixated with the woman who killed his daughter and decides he has to do something to exact revenge. What follows is a harrowing and often difficult watch, it is however remarkable in being able to pull you in despite the subject matter.
I really liked this film, one would be hard pushed to say `enjoyed' as it was so difficult to view at times. The performances were all brilliant, even the bit players were all up to par and beyond in most cases. It is a testament to the director that she managed to get such good performances from all concerned, it is a shame she has only directed two films, but then she is a ruddy good actress in her own right, check her out in `Keep the lights on' from 2012. In Danish and English with very good subtitles, this is one for lovers of the Nordic Noir and those who like a challenging and very rewarding film indeed.