Review: ‘Lost Generation’

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.

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.

Lost Generation

Denmark

Production

A Regner Grasten Filmproduktion production, in association with Danish Film Institute, TV2/Denmark, Buena Vista Denmark. (International sales: Trust, Copenhagen.) Produced by Regner Grasten. Directed by Charlotte Sachs Bostrup. Screenplay, Ib Kastrup, based on novels by Christian Kampmann.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Dirk Bruel; editor, Andri Gudmundson; music, Per Magnus Jarlbo, Jorgen Thorup, Niels Poulsen, Lars Nielsen; production designer, Trine Tsering Padmo Olsen; costume designer, Sara Mau; make-up, Kirsten Zashcke. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (Nordic Event), Feb. 4, 2005. Running time: 204 MIN.

With

Steen Springborg, Pia Vieth, Thomas Levin, Laura Drasbaek, Kristian Tomislav Ibler, Mette Gregersen, Sofie Lassen-Kahlke, Micky Skeel Hansen, Robert Hansen, Kirsten Norholt, Peter Hesse Overgaard, Nastja Arcel, Kaya Bruel.
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