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Queen of Hearts (2019)

Denmark's explicit Oscar submission

Drama

7.1

movie

Denmark, Sweden

Danish, Swedish

Weird

2019

Female director, May el-Toukhy

Carla Philip Røder, Elias Budde Christensen, Ella Solgaard

127 min

Synopsis

Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events destined to destroy her world.

Our Take

7.1
Bilal Zouheir

This Danish film which was the country’s submission to the Oscars is about a delicate subject. A lawyer who specializes in defending children, and who is used to developing closeness with her clients including meeting with them in her home, starts having an affair with her teenage step-son.

There is inherent tension to this obviously very explicit plotline: how would a serious, non-erotic (or not-only-erotic) movie like this one portray such attraction. And of course, afterwards, what are the implications?

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