It's All about Love

  • 15
  • Thomas Vinterberg (2002)
  • Den / UK / Ger / It / Jpn / Swe / Neth / Sp / Swi / Gr / Is
  • 100 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg turns his back on the stripped-down realism of Dogme 95 for his first English-language feature. The polar opposite of its predecessor, Festen, this film is a lavishly created sci-fi love story that plays like a surreal fairy tale. Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes make handsome leads as a young married couple who decide to split after spending several years apart. But when Phoenix pays a flying visit to New York so that ice-skating superstar Danes can sign their divorce papers, he realises that his wife's celebrity lifestyle is not what it seems. Given the tale's ultimate rejection of superficiality and deceit, it's ironic that Vinterberg has crafted a picture that's entirely governed by outward appearance. Stylistically it looks gorgeous, but this cool sophistication comes at the expense of coherent plot development. With its strangely detached performances and baffling conclusion, the movie is just too weird to really work. Yet despite the apparent pretentiousness, it's still an intriguing curio.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi love story starring Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes. John and his wife Elena, a world famous ice-skater, have lived apart for several years. Finally deciding to end their marriage, John pays a flying visit to New York to get Elena to sign their divorce papers. But when she fails to turn up, he begins to suspect her celebrity lifestyle is not what it seems. As strange and unexpected events start to unfold, John realises that Elena actually needs him more than ever before.

Cast and crew

Cast

John
Joaquin Phoenix
Elena
Claire Danes
Michael
Douglas Henshall
David
Alun Armstrong
Betsy
Margo Martindale
Arthur
Mark Strong
Mr Morrison
Geoffrey Hutchings
Marciello
Sean Penn
George
Harry Ditson

Crew

Director
Thomas Vinterberg

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 13 Feb 2004
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Video Collection International
Categories
Drama