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directed by Christian E. Christiansen
Denmark 2011

 

Aliena wakes up in a river in France with a bag with 2 million euros, a scar across her abdomen and no memory. She seeks refuge in the nearest town but soon discovers that mysterious men are following her. With the help of the French hotelier Pierre she temporarily gets away from the pursuers. Aliena discovers that her accent is Danish and decides to go to Denmark in the search for her identity.

When she arrives in Denmark, she meets the international opera singer Just Ore, who becomes the starting point for her investigation. Slowly traces begin to appear about the past.

Aliena is still being pursued and she gradually learns that her past life was more complicated than she first thought.

From the producers of Melancholia.

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A young woman (Tuva Novotny, THE INVISIBLE) wakes up in a stream with no memory and a bag full of a couple million Euros. Adopting the name Aliena, she checks into a local inn and she discovers that she is in a small French village not far from where assassinated politician Ugo Marshall kept a country getaway. The name strikes a chord with her and - with the help of the innkeeper's grown son Pierre (Arnaud Binard, A L'AVENTURE) she discovers that she is actually Danish (although she thinks and speaks in French) and is being pursued by men in a white van looking for a young man wearing the clothes she wore when she woke up in the stream. On the way back to Copenhagen, Aliena overhears and recognizes the voice of opera singer Just Ore (Flemming Enevold, FLAME AND CITRON). After checking into a hotel under another false name, she attends Just's local performance and is recognized as the singer's wife Ida. She learns from Just that she was pregnant but lost the baby in a mysterious accident two weeks before and disappeared from the hospital before he could get to her. The possible trauma or her accident and miscarriage, however, does not explain why mysterious gun-toting men are following her and her bag of purloined cash, so she hires a private detective (Jens Jørn Spottag, TERRIBLY HAPPY) who links the men following her to a dissolved communist underground group of which her missing brother Martin (Carsten Bjørnlund, THE THING remake) was once a member.

There are quite a few plot contrivances but the film plays entertainingly if you view it as a mainstream thriller - signified by the tone-breaking techno cover of Talk Talk's "Life's What You Make It" by Dune - rather than an arthouse turn at the amnesia thriller subgenre. The "flashes" of memory are nothing original stylistically, but the film does hold the viewer with the ultimate mystery of what happened to the heroine; and the revelation takes the form of an extended thirty-five minute uninterrupted flashback. The action set-pieces are accomplished and suspenseful, but they'll feel "low budget" - despite the film's overall slickness - if you buy into the comparisons to the BOURNE series from the publicity materials. Finn Nielsen (BABETTE'S FEAST) has a comic relief supporting role as transvestite Rosie (aka Roni). Director Christian E. Christiansen's previous film was his Hollywood debut: the tepid THE ROOMMATE, and his next film is the American-produced THE OCCULT (currently in production).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: November 24th, 2011

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DVD Review: Chelsea Films - Region 0 - PAL

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Chelsea Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:40:06 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.36:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Danish/French/English Dolby Digital 5.1; Danish/French/English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Chelsea Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.36:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (16:9; 0:48)

DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Chelsea Films' single layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer attractively reproduces the grainless Red One-lensed HD image. The 5.1 track is the recommended one here as the 2.0 downmix sounds rather crowded. Optional English subtitles translate the Danish and French dialogue (the film also features some English dialogue). The only extra is a theatrical trailer.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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