Soapy but serious drama “Lost Generation” explores lives of a well-to-do Danish family, the Gregersens, from 1954 to 1968, as three generations experience births, marriages, love and death. Pic has already coined an eminently respectable $2.4 million gross at home as of early March 2005. However, it’s less historically meaty than, say, Italy’s similar-sized “The Best of Youth,” and butt-numbing running time will make it awkward for fests. Pic will likely only leave home for slots on upmarket cablers needing schedule filler.
Patriarch Mogens Gregersen (Steen Springborg) and his prim wife Tilde (Pia Vieth) spawn five kids: alcoholic Karen (Laura Drasbaek), unfaithful husband Erik (Kristian Tomislav Ibler), gay Bo (Thomas Levin), dropout Rune (Micky Skeel Hansen as a teen, then Robert Hansen), and his bombshell twin Maj (first Sofie Lassen-Kahlke, then Mette Gregersen). Dullish first half segues into juicier ’60s section as marriages split and skeletons tumble from closets. Open end with third generation suggests mining of Christian Kampmann’s fictional quartet isn’t finished, leaving room for a sequel. Although lensing looks made-for-TV, despite widescreen ratio, and age make-up by Kirsten Zashcke looks theatrical, Sara Mau’s period costumes are spot on.