Friday, June 4, 2010

Romance (and foreign)

Hey everyone,

I watched the romance film sort of by accident. I was just watching it for fun, and it turned out to fit the romance bill perfectly. It could also worked as a foreign film, but I make the rules.

It's a Danish movie called Worlds Apart, or To verdener, and it's based on a true story. Sara is a 17 year old who has spent her whole life as a devout Jehovah's Witness. She goes to a party and meets Teis, an older boy who is not a Witness. Sara falls in love and begins to doubt her faith. She is forced to choose between love, family, and Jehovah.

This honestly one of the best movies I've seen in a while. All of the characters were well fleshed out and the actors were so honest that it felt as though you were watching actual people in their real lives. Rosalinde Mynster, who plays Sara, is a superb young actor. You could see her internal struggle with making such life altering decision. There must have been a lot of chemistry between Mynster and Pilou Asbæk (Teis) as their on screen relationship was very believable.

The director, Niels Arden Oplev, presents an unbiased and nonjudgmental portrayal of Jehovah's Witnesses. This film could have easily become a movie about how Jehovah's Witnesses are a cult or are "bad", so I was pleased that Oplev didn't take this route. This makes Sara's decision seem all the more difficult and real to the audience, because you see the love she has for her family and her community.

I highly recommend seeing Worlds Apart.

What sci fi/fantasy movie should I see? And horror?

Love ya!

1 comment:

  1. Did you see The Golden Compass? It's not super art-film or anything, but it's good.