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Just Another Love Story
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Directed By
Ole Bornedal

Written By:
Ole Bornedal

Anders W. Berthelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Bent Mejding, Niels Anders Thorn

Just Another Love Story (2007)
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Movie Review by Zara
May 16th, 2009

There's something I like about the movies from places like Norway and Denmark. They know how to tell a compelling mystery/thriller without losing their sense of irony or humour. And they do it while tweaking something standard and making you think that you know how it's going to end up, then surprise you without being uppity about it.

This movie takes some of the simplistic aspects of WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, a comedy from a short time back where a woman who was obsessed with a guy who went through her train terminal every morning supplants herself into his family when he goes into a coma and turns it instead into a whodunit where the victim isn't all that innocent... or is she?

A guy who works day in and day out for a loving family where he's mortgaged and taxed and tired of a life which is easy and yet stifling becomes obsessed with a woman who ends up in a bad car crash as a result of his family's broken down car. In an attempt to check up on her at the hospital, he allows her family to believe that he is the boyfriend that she met while on holiday. As she comes out of the coma without her eyesight, it is easy for him to get into her good graces and imagine a life without routine. A life where he can start over and make his own destiny. Or can he?

I couldn't help but thinking when I watched this movie that a lot of foreign films say so much while literally saying so little. Most American thrillers rely on the script having one or many of its characters verbally explain what's going on to the audience. Most of what goes on in this movie is visual and suggested with very little dialog or explanation in between. This is where it is superior, as you watch the whole thing without guessing the exact details of the ending but still find yourself completely in the loop as far as the explanation of the story goes. In the end, you know who is who and why. You might not like the ending, as the movie even suggests, saying that's it's not "Hollywood" but you've been told a whole story which is intriguing, tightly directed and without any unnecessary frills.

A great, great thriller.

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