Directed by: Simon Staho
Starring: Noomi Rapace (Anna), Christian Tafdrup (Director), Trine Dyrholm (Director)
Country: Denmark; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Danish (Eng Subs); Effed Up Scandinavian Movies
Genres: Family, Domestic Relationships/Issues, Misery-Depressing, , Prostitution, Roleplay, Girl on Girl Action, Porn-related
Plot – Spoilers:
A struggling Danish actress, Anna, has been audition-hopping for a while. Her rejection-rate has dramatically improved of late as she’s the mother of a 4-month-old babygirl who just won’t stop crying. The cries follow Anna at home when she’s practicing her lines and to actual auditions. The only times the baby is quiet appears to be when Anna is doing nothing in particular or playing the mother role. The more this happens, the more Anna’s on edge expecting to hear wails the moment she turns her attention away. And the longer Anna’s nocareer extends, so does her growing resentment.
It’s fucked up enough to have to hear a baby crying for a large chunk of the movie. But it’s even more fucked up to wonder how they even managed to film some of the scenes with the actors (notwithstanding the fact that multiple baby actors were used). There are moments where the baby looks genuinely vulnerable in Anna’s arms with its round big head cradled, yet so exposed, and there is an overhanging dread that all it takes is one move, one moment of madness. And the most effed up thing about this would be that the lead-up would have ensured that you wouldn’t be left feeling too shocked.
A Danish triumph, this, through the performances and the constant switch between reality and acting.