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Above the Street Below the Water [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Nicolas Bro, Anders W. Berthelsen, Casper Crump
  • Directors: Charlotte Sieling
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009XAC272
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Ask is married to Anne, and they have everything you could ever want. Good careers, lovely children, an apartment in a fashionable area of Denmark, and each other. Everything appears to be just as it should be in a modern family faced with juggling work schedules, child rearing, and not least of all love. But one morning, Anne learns that Ask wants to take a break. Why? Is he seeing another woman? It's a choice that affects everybody around them. Above the Street Below the Water is a film about the adult generation of today. A generation for whom everything is possible and only the imagination sets the limits for what you can desire. But all choices have consequences ...

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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