Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 21, 1994. Running time: 85 MIN.
Daniel Svare … Kurt Ravn
Maria Galaxe … Nonny Sand
Vera Berg … Ilse Rande
Tarik … Kadhim Faraj
Max … Anders Peter Bro
Christoffer Berg … Niels Skousen
Ahmed … Runi Lewerissa
Swedish theater and film director Johan Bergenstrahle made something of a name for himself in the ’70s with pix that touched on ingrained Scandi racism (“Made in Sweden,””Foreigners,””A Baltic Tragedy”). Now he’s back with a tale revealing that racists remain menacingly active in the Danish provinces in the ‘ 90s.
Pic’s main theme, however, is a familiar tale of a middle-aged man, a former revolutionary and top TV journalist known for his hard-hitting programs from the world’s trouble spots. He retires to his hometown and has an affair with an actress young enough to be his daughter. Modest outing is basically a small-screen experience.
Kurt Ravn plays the burnt-out Daniel, who comes home and takes over the photography business where he served an apprenticeship as a boy. An old flame (Ilse Rande) wants to reignite their relationship, but Daniel is more interested in the alluring Maria (Nonny Sand), a young actress who’s playing a nude scene with an Arab actor in an updated production of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” on the local boards. The night Daniel checks out her performance, Maria and her co-star are literally tarred and feathered by racist louts in midperformance.
Production values are modest for this low-budgeter, which is decently acted but really doesn’t say anything new about its subjects.