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Denmark, 2011, 83 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Cult, Erotic, Thriller
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles

An obsessive, destructive love transforms a caring husband into a bloodthirsty beast in this perversely fascinating psychodrama. Playing like an elegant cross between Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Alien, director Boe's tightly-scripted fifth feature boasts sharp dialogue, strong performances, plenty of tense and troubling moments and atmosphere in spades. As spring flowers bloom, a brief prologue shows writer Bruno (Nicolas Bro, in a raw, tour-de-force performance) and his jeweler wife, Maxine closing on a gorgeous condo. But even in these happy moments, it's clear their relationship isn't exactly healthy. Bruno gives "uxorious" new meaning as he sucks on Maxine's cut finger and rhapsodizes about having her blood inside him. "Careful," she cautions him, "you might get a taste for it." Uh-oh, too late! The rest of the film unfolds in the winter of the couple's discontent, made glorious by Copenhagen’s icy streets and snowy parks. At times (especially during a disturbing S&M sex scene), Maxine seems willing to be the woman destroyed by Bruno's all-consuming desire; at other moments, she rebels. Be advised: contains scenes of disturbing violence.

DIRECTOR: Christoffer Boe
Producer: Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Editor: My Thordal
Screenwriter: Christoffer Boe
Cinematographer: Sophia Olsson
Music: Sylvain Chauveau
Principal Cast: Nicolas Bro, Marijana Jankovic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Filmography: Everything Will Be Fine (2010), Offscreen (2006), Allegro (2005), Reconstruction (2003)
Print Source: Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen -

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