Film Review | Kærlighed på film (Just Another Love Story)

Just another love story dvd coverThis Danish film directed by Ole Bornedal shares the story of a crime scene photographer who steps into another man’s shoes after causing a traffic accident that cripples a lovely lady mentally and physically. Though short on money, things are going well enough for Jonas and his family. He lives in an apartment with his wife and two school age children. At worst, their life may be a bit boring for him and the sex life a bit lacking. When car troubles cause the family’s car to stall in the road on the way to school, a distressed young woman, Julia, swerves to avoid rearending them and collides with the oncoming vehicle resulting in fatalities and major injuries for her. Jonas feels at fault and rushes to comfort Julia, but in her hysteria she mistakes him for her lover from Thailand, Sebastien. To gain admittance to her hospital room Jonas claims to be her boyfriend and Julia’s family at once believe him to be Sebastien, a roll he falls into without objecting. The relationship between Jonas and Julia (mostly blind and without memories) develops as he continues to visit her and get to know her family better. Trouble is on the horizon as Sebastien returns to Denmark and Jonas has to choose between Julia and his family.

This film was pretty intense. The acting was solid and the performances believable. Though some parts of the film seemed a bit far-fetched, the overall plot contained enough tension to keep the viewer interested and the story going. The title, Just Another Love Story, is aiming at irony since this love story is anything but run of the mill. Check it out from a library near you.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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