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Den brysomme mannen (The Bothersome Man)

Posted by martinteller on July 24, 2009

Film Movement has been quietly doing its “DVD of the Month Club” for over 6 years now.  My library seems to get them all, and every now and then I stumble across one that grabs my attention (including Who’s Camus Anyway? which now has a happy space in my collection).  I’m glad I stumbled over this one, it’s the best film I’ve seen in quite a while.  A surreal urban dystopia in the vein of Brazil and Songs from the Second Floor, it follows Andreas, a man inexplicably placed in a strange city (Hell? Heaven?).  Everyone seems perfectly happy and content on the surface… but that’s it.  There’s only surface.  No conflict, no suffering, and no real emotions or empathy.  That’s all I’ll say about the plot (and don’t read the back of the case, it’s kind of spoilerish) but it’s brilliantly executed.  Done with plenty of that dry Scandinavian wit, a variety of intriguing scenarios and arresting images, and a drained color palette that emphasizes the emotional emptiness of the environment.  A fascinating and highly satisfying movie with a healthy dose of ambivalence.  I’ll be buying this one soon, and keeping my eyes open for more from Jens Lien.  Rating: 10


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