Murky and melodramatic, “The Lady of Hamre” unfolds on a farm in 1900 and centers on a middle-aged woman forced into marriage with an oafish man she doesn’t love. Although it matches the bleak mood of the drama, the washed-out video look hampers the film. Commercial prospects look doubtful.
Bodil Jorgensen portrays the titular lady, Bente, whose family has long owned the once-prosperous Hamre farm. Her dying father’s last request is that she marry Gorm (Bjarne Henriksen), a hard-drinking, womanizing bully, in order to annul a family debt. The marriage is a disaster from the start. Meanwhile, Bente’s younger sister embarks on what proves to be an equally unhappy marriage to a mother-fixated coward. With its drab characters, stolid plotting and contrived happy ending, the film fails on just about every level, though Jorgensen does her best to make the beleaguered protagonist an interesting one.