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Just a small handful of detainees who failed to do their homework properly during LIFF26(Me Gary and Ken) and a debut from newbee Jackie Convey, who was very chatty and said she had enjoyed this. We hope to see you again.
Well it is completely clear why this movie walked away with the audience award in LIFF26 last month, even if my favourite (11 Flowers) never even got in the top 20...(eh?)......well it’s a result that is very hard to argue with. This is a very subtle tale of prejudice, innocence, trust and faith. Tracey said it had made her laugh and cry. Same here, ah, and I love that about the movies. I tasted salt.
I don’t normally go through the plot but I want to (first half only) this time. Like the plot of Atonement, one misconception can be enough to ruin a life.
Mads Mikkelsson is good as Lucas, a kind hearted divorcee who helps in a kindergarten school in a rural Danish village and is a big favourite with the kids. His private life is a bit of a mess as he is hoping to gain custody of his son. Meanwhile, Karla is a sweet little kid who goes to school there and dotes on Lucas (some fantastic camerawork captures her joy when she sees him playing with the other school kids). When Lucas is playing rough and tumble with the other kids, he feigns a heart attack. Little Karla is so relieved when she realises he is kidding, she dives on him and kisses him on the lips. Lucas, doing the right thing, tells Karla that kissing on the lips is for her mummy and daddy only. Unfortunately, Karla’s elder brother and his friends exposed Karla to pornography the previous day, and, rejected, Karla tells the nursery headmistress that Lucas has exposed himself to her. It’s a believable scenario.
Things escalate. Once the adults decide that Karla has told the truth when she was in fact lying, even when she tries to tell the truth (that nothing happened), they tell her she is now in denial, and the little kid gets more and more confused. It was a nice touch that the couple of times the kid lied, her nose twitched, I liked that.
Within the gripping storyline, there were some good laughs in this. Lucas is acquitted, one reason being that he doesn't own a basement. When his brother (who stands by him implicitly throughout) and pals celebrate, Lucas hugs his son, only to be warned 'Don't fondle him anymore, or you'll end up back in jail' and 'A couple of you had better get some shovels so we can start on the basement.'
The movie has some great scenes: one is in the supermarket where Lucas reacts after being refused service, and a great scene at midnight mass where he confronts his best mate (Karla's dad) and finally convinces him that he is telling the truth. "I can tell by looking at his eyes!"
So a very good movie and a definite 9/10, and very happy that it won the Audience award. I would have had a slightly different ending, no surprises there I guess
Edited by Frankie on Dec 16, 2012 2:10 AM