Review: ‘The Woman Who Dreamt of a Man’

A Danish fashion photographer becomes obsessed with her Polish lover in Per Fly's often exasperating sexual thriller.

A Danish fashion photographer becomes obsessed with her Polish lover in Per Fly’s often exasperating sexual thriller “The Woman Who Dreamt of a Man.” Playing like a bad Brian De Palma pic set in northern climes, the film rehashes too many madwoman fixation themes to lay claim to originality, while its frigid design highlights the ugliness of so much of the “chic,” colorless Scandi aesthetic. Danish B.O. following a late January opening was disappointing, and despite healthy international play for Fly’s earlier “Manslaughter,” fest life won’t rack up miles.

Shutterbug K (Sonja Richter) has a recurring dream of a naked man in a hotel room jumping off a balcony. In Paris, she’s thunderstruck when she sees economics professor Maciek (Marcin Dorocinski), since he’s the guy in her visions; they embark on an affair that heats up when she gets a gig in Warsaw. Soon her desperation turns annoying for both Maciek and the viewer, as K turns into yet another crazy career woman relinquishing all for an obsession. Some handsome compositions can’t compensate for an overall unattractiveness; sound is hermetic without vibrato, and English dialogue delivery is flat.

The Woman Who Dreamt of a Man



A Zentropa Entertainments presentation of a Zentropa Entertainments 18, Danish Film Institute, Maipo AS, DR TV, Film i Vast, Memfis Film, Polish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fund production. (International sales: TrustNordisk, Hvidovre, Denmark.) Produced by Ib Tardini. Executive producers, Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Peter Garde, Lone Korslund. Co-producers, Dag Alveberg, Anna Anthony, Malgorzata Szumowska, Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard, Tomas Eskilsson. Directed by Per Fly. Screenplay, Dorte W. Hogh, Per Fly.


Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Harald Gunnar Paalgard; editors, Morten Giese, Morten Hojbjerg; music, Stefan Nilsson, Kristian Eidnes Andersen; production designer, Soren Schwartzberg; costume designer, Louize Nissen. Reviewed at Taormina Film Festival (Beyond the Mediterranean), June 13, 2010. Running time: 94 MIN.


Sonja Richter, Marcin Dorocinski, Michael Nyqvist, Alberte Blichfeldt, Tammi Ost, Sara Hjort, Charles Lelaure, Monika Krzywkowska. (Danish, English, French, Polish dialogue)
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