Art of Crying, The



Green Hills Cinema - Theater 4 Wed, Apr 25, 2007 9:30 PM
Narrative Feature


The Art of Crying (Kunsten at græde i kor) Denmark 2006, 106 min. In Danish with English subtitles Director: Peter Schønau Fog Producer: Thomas Stenderup Screenwriter: Bo hr. Hansen Camera: Harald Gunnar Paalgard Editor: Anne Østerud Music: Karsten Fundal Cast: Jannik Lorenzen, Jesper Asholt, Julie Kolbeck, Hanne Hedelund, Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt Based on a tragicomic novel by Danish author Erling Jepsen, The Art of Crying observes the rather bizarre family circumstances through 11-year-old son (and the film's narrator) Allan's eyes. Allan's unstable father is wont to threaten suicide and lie on the living room couch and cry when things don't go his way. Often, they don't. And when that happens, only Allan's 14-year-old sister, Saane, can comfort their father. Then comes the day when Sanne refuses to comfort him any longer and responsibility for the old man's wellbeing falls to Allan. Allan tries to do right by everyone in his family, but that becomes increasingly hard as his uncertainty grows about who is right. One thing he does know is that his father has a special gift for making people cry when he gives his trademark eulogies at funerals. It's the only thing that cheers him up, and the boy vows to make sure his father will always have enough funerals to speak at. "A gently offbeat study of a family as seen through the merciless, innocent gaze of an 11 year-old boy, this refreshingly unconventional film tackles its taboos with compassion, grace and wit...lovingly observational, surreal humor, mostly generated by using Allan's p.o.v. - through his innocent eyes, everything that is happening is quite normal." -Variety Showtime: Wednesday, April 25, 9:30pm Print Source: Christian Juhl Lemche Danish Film Institute