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Uskyld (2012)

Director:
Sara Johnsen
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Drama
ENGLISH TITLE
All That Matters Is Past
RUNNING TIME
105 minutes
Producer:
Turid Øversveen
Screenwriter:
Sara Johnsen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Janne Maria Bonnevie ½
William Kristoffer Joner ½
Ruud David Dencik ½
Ragnhild Maria Heiskanen

 

Review

Uskyld is a painstakingly artsy love triangle drama utilizing shocking images to ever so slowly tell its tragic story about three wildly implausible characters for whom motivation is as random as writer/director Sara Johnsen's (Upperdog) focus on storylines seems to be. Johnsen apathetically tries to make her preposterous plot make some sort of artistic sense by feeding us with abundances of speculative compositions while at the same time introducing and discarding several other plot threads with the flair of a novice (e.g. the pregnant police woman). The plot is messy, which could be excused in a thematically more valid film, but in Uskyld it feels like the mess is there to cover up the film's shortcomings - of which there are many. Uskyld is offensive, makes little sense, and is a drag to watch; much like Lars von Trier's work, who I'm willing to bet my kidney is Johnsen's biggest source of inspiration. The one good thing here is the cinematography, which is fine in the film's first half.

Copyright © 19.05.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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