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Anders W. Berthelsen,
A small provincial town is buzzing with excitement: the town's most illustrious son, a world-famous opera singer, is coming home. Meanwhile, Sebastian, a kitchen boy who is as good as married, falls head over heels in love with the new maid, Maria. Their love affair, along with rumours that the opera singer and the kitchen boy are related, turns the town upside down, threatening to ruin everyone's high expectations and the opera singer's triumphant return. Written by
The famous singer Karl Kristian comes back to his hometown village, and that causes the town to be turned upside down when surprises are revealed by the woman he abandoned here, years ago. Thomas BoLarsen, who plays the singer, has appeared in many Danish TV shows and films. This story is centered around the singer and Sebastian, played by Oliver Møller Knauer, but this seems to be the only role Knauer has played.
For the first third of the film, Sebastian, who stutters when he gets nervous, is wearing a shiny white shirt, with a shiny face and perfect hair... then things get turned upside down. Pretty good story. No big surprises, but no plot holes or quality issues. Shown now & then on the sundance channel with subtitles.
Director Thomas Vinterberg, puts some offbeat themes into his movies, some of which are available on DVD here in the US. His 1998 film "The Celebration" won numerous awards at film festivals all around the world. Vinterberg films using specific guidelines that dictate how and where scenes can be filmed, kind of a minimalist, "honesty in lighting" set of rules.
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