Overlooked masterpeice


The Danish film institute clearly never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity - this film was hailed as a masterpeice by such renowned critics as Rodger Ebert, yet as it was a film about puberty coming out (internationally) in 1983, on the threshhold of the new puritan and AIDS-scare days, no distributor would touch it, so it never made it past the festival run outside of Scandinavia (in Denmark it is still considered one of the best films ever made). Outrageous considering the international movie critics association considered it the best film in the world at the time (or so it says on th DVD).
Has it been relased with english subtitles? nooooo. typical how european subsidised movie industries don't bother to pay attention to their international fans.

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This indeed is a major European problem. Movies are made for local market, and stay unrecognized except in neighbor countries where language barrier is not a limiting factor. Producers act as if they don't care if their movie will find any audience abroad, and distributors from other countries ignore foreign European movies because "who knows if anybody would watch them anyway". And because of this insane coward behaving we are deprived of watching many good or even brilliant movies, while average American C-quality rubbish gets prime time on TV and top positions in DVD shops.

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yeah I heard there were buckets of E European films overlooked as well. This one just got released with English subs as apart of the Niels Malmros Collection though.

All the best people have bad chest and bone diseases. It's all frightfully romantic!

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Of course there is rubbish everywhere, I don't want to say that all European movies are masterpieces. But it is just a pure luck to find any of them, and instead of having chance and pleasure to chose we often have to watch movies that are worthless just because we've found them, and true art stays out of our reach.

This Malmros collection however gives some hope that things are changing. Unfortunately, it is very questionable if it will ever find its way to eg. Moldova, Slovakia, Bosnia or ever Austria and Portugal...

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