(spoiler sorry still no question mark on this keyboard)
I don’t like Malmros’ style at all. I can explain that in microcosm and macrocosm.
But first the good bit. He does use excellent actors, like Jakob Cedergren, who was in Dark Horse – Voksne Mennesker, which is actually the film what got me started on my infatuation with Danish film. And funnily enough in that his sidekick is the wonderful Nicolas Bro, who also plays a foil in this movie in the form of the psychiatrist. The backbone of the film is the discussion between these two characters and it´s really wonderful seeing them on screen together.
However, Malmros isn´t really an auteur, he´s just some sort of maniac making movies.
His style is bland, boring and austere. Well shot but not interesting. I saw Aching Hearts before the festival and thought it was rubbish, i didn´t even finish it. This movie was more of the same, an old man working out his lusts for 15 year old women. Niiiiiice.
The whole stuff in this movie with making the 15 year old was really unnecessary. He would i´m sure argue that he is being truthful and honest and representing real emotions and real things, but he could have made the same point by having Cedergren´s character be obsessed with a 60 year old actress instead. This would have been cool, for his wife to be jealous of an older woman, making the point that an older actress can still be attractive and glamorous. I don´t care if it´s more authentic if it´s a 15 year old, i think it´s disgusting to be a 60 year old director presenting the male gaze as if it´s ok. It´s not ok. I like films which if they are talking about society present alternatives for change and themselves practice activism for social change. Otherwise why bother watching them… (obviously i liek abstract- experimental-whatever as well).
That´s the macrocosm, and here´s the microcosm. Towards the end the wife (played well by Helle Fagralid) brings Cedegren a coke. And she brings him a diet coke, with the logo clearly present. And again i guess Malmros would argue this is what the character drinks, it´s based on real events, people drink coke, he´s being authentic blabla, but this is a director in a position of privilege making a movie which is not a commercial movie (where we are used to product placement) and yet advertising a product which is shit in so many ways. Why do that= You could bring coke in a glass or any other drink. Why show the coke logo …. it´s annoying. Why promote a shit unhealthy american drink… why doesnt the question mark work… so many questions….