Friday, April 21, 2006
In the Danish film "Manslaughter" (Drabet), a 52 years old high school teacher had a fair with his formal student of his son's age. That relationship not only puts his marriage in jeopardy, but also sends him in the desperation of being a protector of her, or of his desire for her. A tragic event makes him try even more desperately to end all the turmoil, he only finds out that he sinks deeper and deeper.
The emotion in this film is highly charged and the characters are very well developed. The teacher's confusion is not only reflected in his relationships with the people around him, but also in the conflicts between his moral standing and the reality of social justice. Jesper Christensen's outstanding performance makes the film even better looking than its subject matter.
One scene in the film is shot in front of a University Hall. I recognize that's where I had a reception when I visited Copenhagen a few years ago. It's nice to see it again in a film.
My rating: 8 out of 10.