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Memories of a Marriage (1989)

Dansen med Regitze (original title)
Karl Åge and Regitze host a summer garden party for close friends, their son, and his family. Karl Åge is quiet, detached; Regitze is spirited, lively. He thinks back: love at first sight ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frits Helmuth ...
Karl Aage (Regitze's Husband)
Mikael Helmuth ...
Young Karl Aage
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Regitze
Rikke Bendsen ...
Young Regitze
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Borge
Michael Moritzen ...
Young Borge
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Isle
Dorthe Simone Lang ...
Young Ilse
Henning Ditlev ...
Rikard
Kim Rømer ...
Young Rikard
Birgit Sadolin ...
Annie
Nanna Møller ...
Young Annie
Hans Henrik Clemensen ...
John 40 years
Peter Zhelder ...
John 19 years
Sylvester Zimsen ...
John 11-13 years
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Karl Åge and Regitze host a summer garden party for close friends, their son, and his family. Karl Åge is quiet, detached; Regitze is spirited, lively. He thinks back: love at first sight during the war, living together unmarried, her mother's hunger strike when they won't baptize their son. Regitze is passionate and forthright; she speaks her mind. He remembers her inviting a derelict for Christmas dinner, and the man shows up with five bashful friends. He recalls her taking on their son's teacher when the man slaps the lad. He remembers her love of dancing and his fear that his social clumsiness might end their relationship. Now, in twilight, he has other things to face. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Moving, not sentimental
27 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have not read the novel... though I wouldn't rule out that I will, now... and thus I cannot make any comparisons, or rate the quality of this as an adaptation. It is not often that I watch Danish films, but I am glad I made this one of those occasions. This is well-directed, and genuinely emotionally affecting. It does not contain an ounce of sap. Instead, you get to care about the people, and you find yourself drawn in. This stars two of our greatest actors, and the rest of the cast are excellent, as well. Almost every single performance is spot-on, and the children are fine. Nørby and Helmuth are flawless. Having someone's son(or daughter) play them at a younger age is an obvious choice, and it works. Told largely in flashbacks and with a chronology that goes back and forth a lot, this is about a married couple's life together, right from when they first met. Character development is plentiful and well-done, and they are all credible, consistent and convincing. The music is fitting. This is well-paced, and nothing seems excessive or extraneous. There is not a lot of offensive material in this... some content is disturbing and unsettling. Kids aren't really the target audience here, however. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the genre of drama. 8/10


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