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Reconstruction
Reconstruction
Actors: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Klaus Mulbjerg, Nicolas Bro
Director: Christoffer Boe
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG-13     2005     1hr 30min

Reconstruction follows Alex, a photographer, and beautiful Aimee, who meet by chance and fall in love in the course of one intense day. Their feelings are put to the test as the world around them becomes more and more alie...  more »

     
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Actors: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Klaus Mulbjerg, Nicolas Bro
Director: Christoffer Boe
Creators: Manuel Alberto Claro, Christoffer Boe, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Lars Kjeldgård, Tine Grew Pfeiffer, Åke Sandgren, Mogens Rukov
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/12/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: Danish, Swedish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A fantasy about love and reality
Dennis Littrell | SoCal | 01/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was having a lot of trouble deciding which of the two women in this film I liked better, the delicate, pale Aimee or the tan, more working-class appearing Simone. Such a dilemma--and one that confronts and confounds protagonist Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). Turns out that it doesn't matter.

Yes, trickery--as Danish film maker Christoffer Boe warns us up front with his floating cigarette and magician's hands--is of the essence in this romantic fantasy. What is played with is reality, which of course is what film makers do.

For those of you who haven't seen the movie, I recommend that you stop reading here because what follows will likely spoil the movie for you. For those of you who have seen the movie, you might want to see it twice and then read what I have to say.

One thing about movies like this is that if you get the "key"--that is, the director's rationale for the way he plays with reality, you more or less get the movie. That's fine and can be enjoyable. If you don't, the movie can be a bit disconcerting and even exasperating.

The key here is to realize that it is Aimee's husband August, the novelist, who is the puppeteer. As Vladimir Nabokov liked to remind us, it is the essence of the novelist's art to manipulate the strings. The fact that this story is experienced from Alex's point of view inclines us to look for the key to understanding the film from his point of view. That is the error. Although Alex's persona dominates the film, at the center of the story is August. This is his fantasy and Alex is really just a prop in that fantasy, unable to understand what is happening to him. Indeed Alex--a charming and attractive young man with advanced pick-up skills--is a "gift" from August to his beloved Aimee. It may seem strange to some people that some men so love their wives that they want to give them something that they as the husband never can--that is, an affair with the perfect stranger.

The reality of Alex's existence comes from August's pen. In the scenes where Alex finds that his apartment has disappeared, that people don't know him (even his father doesn't know him), that Aimee/Simone think they are seeing him for the first time, the logic is this: what has happened before has been erased and rewritten, that is, reconstructed. Only poor Alex doesn't know since he is just a character in the story.

This reminds me a bit of Vanilla Sky (2001) and Abre los ojos (1997) in which the central character is a protagonist in a larger reality controlled by a software program. Here the control is in the hands of the novelist. Note well who gets the girl as the film ends: the guy who wrote the story, the guy who arranged to be giving lectures so that his wife could meet Alex and spend some time with him. Remember too in the scene where August comes back to the hotel room a bit too soon while Aimee is in the shower, and discovers tell-tale signs of Alex's presence. What does he do? He quickly leaves and returns a few minutes later after she has had time to straighten up.

In the final analysis, a patriarchal view of love in inexorably wrapped up in control. The patriarchal lover (the husband, August) wants to control his beloved. In this stylish and attractive fantasy, he even controls her reality."
Can Be Interpreted Many Ways
S.A.S. | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many people seem confused about this movie and how they feel about it and what it means. Thats because there isn't a interpretation that can be called correct, as the director intentionally left it ambiguous.

Other reviewers seem to have covered the basics of the style and plot of the film well, but they seemed to have missed a large part of what the director was trying to do.

This film is more a statement on cinematic expression itself than on love. The director is showing how he can manipulate the viewer's thoughts and emotions, just as Aimee's husband the writer can manipulate the relationship between Aimee and Alex with a few strokes of the pen. With art things can be deconstructed only to be constructed again, and expression doesn't have to be confined to the rules of reality.

The other reviews seemed to have missed the quote at the end, where the director warns the audience that the characters in the film aren't anything more than that. They are simply fictional entities created for the purpose of manipulating the emotions of others, which is achieved by both the director and the writer within the film.


This is a very complex film that requires several viewings before it starts to make sense. If you like artsy films or films with deep meanings then this may be a good film for you. If you don't really like vague and confusing endings (at first) and are more of a person to watch happy-ending films then this definitely isn't the film for you. And if you aren't open-minded artistically you probably won't like this film either as you will spend most of your time trying to analyze the theme of love in the film while it covers much deeper issues than that."
Its a good movie
PIERROT LE FOU | Mexico City, Mexico | 06/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The films narrative is greatly shown and I do think is very original, it is not easy to understand but why do you have to understand everything always. The questions that the film arise are great ,as Bergman would have said "I have the impression that the questions are more important than the answers. I do recommend this movie its worth every dollar."
Interesting...
Sharad Yadav | 07/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A very interesting movie from Denmark. The story revolves around Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), Aimee (Maria Bonnevie), Simone (Maria Bonnevie... again!) and Aimee's husband. The plot is a complex mix of two stories. One is for real and the other is a writer's (Aimee's husband) imagination. However, the two stories are complexly mingled and the characters swing back and forth creating a very (confusing) surreal mix. The Director has craft fully (and purposefully) used flashbacks to switch from the real to the imagined (reconstructed) story and effectively blurring the distinction between the two. It is really hard to tell if the real story is influencing the imagined or vice versa. Another interesting aspect of the movie is the insertion of narrative dialogs (narrated by Aimee's husband). The timing of these narrations is perfect. All in all, a controlled masterful mix created by the Director.
The dialogs and cinematography (especially the lighting and facial close-ups) are very creative. The director has used GPS like track points to show Alex and Aimee in the streets of Copenhagen. Pretty neat. I am particularly impressed by Nikolaj Lie Kaas's acting and Maria Bonnevie's captivating screen presence.

The concluding dialog of the movie is "It is all a reconstruction, but it still hurts". Very true ..."