The Keeper of Lost Causes
Original title: Kvinden i buret
I don’t know what made me pick up the Department Q series books (these are tedious to read – my paperback copy has a tiny font, and the e-book in normal font size is very long) but I loved them and devoured them in a year. This is the film about the first book. It’s about a political figure that was abducted years ago, and the case was re-opened when it was handed to Department Q. Department Q’s purpose is really to just read the case and file, but when something stood out from this case, Detectives Morck and Assad set out to finding the missing woman. It deviated from the books a bit (character-detail wise), but the essence of the whole story was still there. Personally I prefer the second movie (much grittier than the first), but this is a good introduction for the characters and the series.
The Five Obstructions
Original title: De fem benspaend
Another Danish film, this is a documentary about Lars von Trier posing five challenges to filmmaker Jorgen Leth, and he has to make 5 different films facing the challenge. I thought this was really good – it challenges him to his capabilities as a director, and the final products were amazing.
Original title: Till det som ar vackert
Alicia Vikander is super famous now, but she was discovered through her performance here. She plays an opera-loving secretary who gets into an affair with one of the company’s conductors. The plot is very played out, but she was brilliant here. This is one of my favorite performances of hers.