Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

KIRA'S REASON: A LOVE STORY
(En K?rlighedshistorie)

 

Year: 2001
Country: Denmark
Run Time: 93 minutes

KIRA'S REASON: A LOVE STORY hails from the Denmark-sired Dogma95 school of filmmaking, in which hand-held digital cameras, natural light and non-constructed sets convey an overall absence of Hollywood-soundstage artifice. The result heightens the viewer's sense of intimacy and connection with the characters and plot. KIRA'S REASON: A LOVE STORY is a microscopic study of relationships under siege by mental and marital instability. Kira, a seemingly-content housewife in her mid-30s, has begun behaving irrationally, the onset of a psychological breakdown that lands her in an institution. Upon release she wants to resume a normal life with her husband Mads and two children, struggling to maintain equilibrium. But Kira's domestic existence will never be the same; she bolts from the welcome-home party that Mads had arranged for her, and has an unsatisfying reunion with her own father. Over the next serveral days things only get worse. Kira finds day-to-day decision-making and decorum slipping beyond her grasp. Mads, for his part, is not the comforting, supportive husband he should be, and he retreats, physically and emotionally, from his wife's illness. A startling betrayal and her own unreliable faculties mean Kira must face a world forever altered. If you have never seen a Dogma95 feature, this is a superb example of the format's dramatic power, highlighted by Stine Stengade's haunting performance as the fragile heroine, interrupted. (In Danish with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Ole Christian Madsen

Director
Ole Christian Madsen

Producer
Bo Ehrhardt, Morten Kaufmann

Cinematography
Jorgen Johansson

Editing
Soren B. Ebbe

Principal Cast
Lars Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Sven Wollter, Camilla Bendix, Reine Brynolfsson

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