Reconstruction (2003 film)

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Reconstruction
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Directed by Christoffer Boe
Produced by Tine Grew Pfeiffer
Written by Christoffer Boe
Mogens Rukov
Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Maria Bonnevie
Krister Henriksson
Nicolas Bro
Music by Thomas Knack
Cinematography Manuel Alberto Claro
Production
  company
Nordisk Film
Release date(s) September 26, 2003
Running time 91 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Swedish

Reconstruction is the psychological romantic drama film and the debut of Christoffer Boe, who also wrote the screenplay together with Mogens Rukov. It was filmed in Copenhagen and won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 Golden Plaque for Manuel Alberto Claro's luminous wide-screen cinematography.

Plot[edit]

The central character is Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a Danish photographer with a Stockholm-bred girlfriend, Simone (Maria Bonnevie).

Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee (Maria Bonnevie). In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.

“It’s all a film. It’s all a construction,” announces the narrator, who is soon revealed to be a noted Swedish author, August (Krister Henriksson), as well as the tale’s apparent inventor.

Shooting[edit]

The film was shot almost entirely in available light. Using available lighting is not merely stylistic. Boe doesn't work with storyboards or set schedules.[1]

They shot Super 16 on an Arri SR3 using three different stocks. Then the film was scanned, color-graded, and digitally masked to CinemaScope. The scan was a simple one-light, and the team did no color correction, the opposite of today's trend to perform a digital intermediate. They also pushed the emulsion for extra grain.[2]

Trivia[edit]

  • In one interview Christoffer Boe said that the film was inspired by Jacques-Henri Lartigue's photograph of a woman standing in a room with empty bookcases. "Looking at that picture, I immediately felt I wanted to do a story about a man who comes home and his apartment has disappeared. And I knew it had to be a love story".[3]
  • Characters do not use mobile phones or other means of modern communication. However, the story takes place nowadays. This emphasizes the fact that the plot is artificial and constructed.
  • The scene where Alex and Aimee are talking in a cafe was shot in the Bobi Bar which is one of Boe's favorite and is close to where he lives.

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Soundtrack[edit]

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