I just finished watching this movie, and the story moved me so much that I feel compelled to come out of lurkerdom here in order to discuss it.
Now, normally, I detest coming of age films. As a teenager myself, I often find them incredibly cheap and shallow productions that pander to the stereotypical teenage girl. They usually have no real value and besides provoking some trivial, temporary emotion, they are soon forgotten, only to be replaced by yet another one.
But something about "Du er ikke alene" (or "You Are Not Alone" in English) was completely different from any coming of age film I've ever seen. Maybe it was the fact that the film was somehow more sincere, being made in the seventies and more story oriented as opposed to profit motivated. But I believe that the risqué nature of the film (at least in America) really lends to the genuine emotions that it conjured in me.
For those who are not familiar with the film, I will provide a brief summary. The movie starts by introducing a boarding school for troubled high school aged youths in Denmark. The boys, simply being boys, are caught displaying pornographic images in their dorm rooms which later leads to the main conflict in the film. The main storyline however, focuses around one of the students a the school, Bo, and the headmaster's younger son (around 12), Kim. Though not attending the school himself, Kim spends a lot of time around the students at the school and develops a close emotional relationship to Bo which culminates in a physical one as well. The final emotion-packed scene of the film is one I believe I will always remember, not to mention the musical score, which, being soft and innocent, but yet powerful, lends itself perfectly to the film.
I really don't know for sure why I am writing this half review/ half personal reflection, but I do know that I really connected to this movie in a way that I've never experienced before with any work of fiction (besides, of course, Ender's Game).
My question(s) to you all then, have any of you seen this movie and care to share your thoughts? Or perhaps, did my experience remind you of something that affected you in the same way, and would you care to share it?
In any case, the movie was absolutely fantastic and I absolutely recommend it to anyone with an open mind who can appreciate a wholesome, innocent, (dare I say it?) love story.
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I will have to keep an eye out for it, thanks for the recommendation. I was going to say "And welcome to Hatrack, you are wrong" but I guess you already know that after lurking for some time.
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As artistic as this film may be, I cannot (for the life of me) imagine an audience to which this would be appropriate. I haven't seen the film, but I did some Googling for synopses.
Some things are taboo because they are damaging to society and have no proper place. Lolita dangles precariously on the edge -- its only redeeming quality is the superb writing and the fact that its an allegory for obsession. This film seems to only be an exploration of sexuality that could only be deemed dangerous and exploitative to any audience.
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