Saturday, February 26, 2011

Smukke mennesker (Nothings All Bad) - Mikkel Munch-Fals (2010 Denmark)

Follows the lives of four longing souls. Ingeborg who feels unattractive and young Jonas who is so attractive that he can literally sell some of what he's got. Anna, a young beautiful woman with a physical disability, and Anders, a tender man with a psychological disability. Four people yearning for love, four people, each hoping for a better tomorrow.

Kind of a Denmarkian take on the twisted world of Todd Solondz. This is a 4-way, intersecting tale about sexuality and loneliness. The recently widowed, the compulsive public masturbator who's wife abandoned him, the good looking kid turning tricks for fun and the isolated, recent recipient of a mastectomy. Quite a mix. The direction is a little off in parts, and the film certainly traverses some paths less travelled, but there are also some genuinely insightful moments.