It's a mystery how Peter Schonau Fog manages to combine child abuse, a study of a rural community, affecting tragedy and black comedy into a satisfying whole, but in "The Art of Crying" he pulls it off. A gently offbeat study of a Jutland family in the early 1970s as seen through the merciless, innocent gaze of an 11 year-old boy, this refreshingly unconventional pic tackles its taboos with
compassion, grace and wit.
Jonathan Holland, Variety

Emotionally devastating and astonishingly mature, this is a unique feature debut. Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Filmfestival

A young Scandinavian genius tackles Bergmanesque themes of family taboos and relationships with pathos, humor, and a loving eye. Chiseko Tanaka, Tokyo International Film Festival

Thursday, November 09, 2006

La Ultima Pelicula - review

The Art of Crying... a film to come out the cinema feeling with sonrisilla in the mouth and that strange sensation of happiness well of to have seen a current but special film.

Zabaltegui: The Art of Crying
(Auto-translated by Babelfish)

Kunsten at græde i Kor is the original title of the first film of the young Danish Peter Schonau Fog, winner of the prize of the jury of youth in the festival.

The film counts the story of a peculiar family of a lost town of Denmark from the point of view of a boy, perfectly interpreted by Jannik Lorenzen. His father is an expert in the art to cry, is depressive and every night threatens committing suicide, before which the greater daughter (of about 13 years)"consoles to him" and the mother watches towards another side. Everything goes well until the girl refuses to console her father, which the young person Allan does not include/understand. But, after a death in the town, the father gives a speech by which all admire to him and Allan realizes of which that makes its father happy and tries that there are more funerales at all costs.

The form that has Schornau to treat a as delicate subject as the sexual abuse or the death is admirable. All it does from perspective the intelligent innocent although and perspicaz of a boy of 10 years.

The story makes reir, cry and maintains to the spectator catched and astonished in peculiar personages, an admirable photography and a close story who cause that you leave the room with that sensation of to have been witness of an exceptional but daily history.

The best thing: Allan.
The worse thing: That probably they do not release it in Spain or if they do it he happens unnoticed completely. A pain.