Denmark, 2012, 103 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, History
Programs: Modern Masters, Nordic Light
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles
This exquisite-looking period romance is the first Danish feature film in two decades by the Oscar-winning director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror; The Best Intentions). Regarded as the most beautiful woman in Denmark in the early 20th century, Marie was a muse for her husband, the renowned (but mentally ill) painter P.S. Kroyer. They lived in remote Skagen where numerous artists gathered, attracted by the exceptional light and natural scenery.
An artist herself, Marie finds frustratingly little time to develop her talent since she is torn between serving as her husband’s favorite model and sometime nurse, homemaker and caring mother to their young daughter. Exhausted by her husband’s manic episodes, Marie visits Sweden where composer Hugo Alfven’s dashing looks, admiring words and sexual charisma sweep her off her feet.
Since the possessive Kroyer won’t agree to a divorce, they try a disastrous menage-à-trois in Skagen. But when Marie abandons her life and social status in Denmark to follow her love to his native land, her dreams are thwarted.
DIRECTOR: Bille August
Producer: Signe Leick Jensen, Karin Trolle
Editor: Gerd Tjur
Screenwriter: Peter Asmussen
Cinematographer: Dirk Brüel, DFF
Music: Stefan Nilsson
Principal Cast: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Sverrir Gudnason, Tommy Kenter, Lene Maria Christensen
Filmography: Goodbye Bafana (2007), Return to Sender (2004), Les Miserables (1998),
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), The Best Intentions (1991), Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Print Source: AB Svensk Filmindustri - www.sfinternational.se