En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story)
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En Kærlighedshistorie (Kira's Reason: A Love Story)
Ole Christian Madsen follows up on his debut Pizza King with this Dogma 95 approved character study of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. At the film's outset, Mads (Lars Mikkelsen) dumps his girlfriend and picks up his wife at the local mental asylum. Upon being cast out of the peace and quiet of the institution, Mads' wife Kira (Stine Stengade) is noticeably agitated about being out in the real world. Of course, the lavish surprise "welcome home" party that Mads planned for her does little to allay her jitters. She quickly flees from the party and runs into her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stengarde gives an arresting performance as a mentally unstable woman."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In Stine Stengade's intensely engaging performance, Kira is always one step away from the abyss, although, without apparent effort, she manages to hang on."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"[S]tunning... a sometimes painfully intimate peek at a crumbling marriage..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"...Stengade's portrayal of a mad housewife is alternately arresting and repelling, the kind of work for which they ought to hand out statues."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"While Madsen and his Dogme 95 colleagues seek to overcome Hollywood's influence, Kira's Reason is an indication that they are a product of the same patriarchy."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"The film never particularly achieves any depth or resonance and ultimately comes across as a series of wacky, albeit rather disturbing episodes."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Tying up the psychological loose ends of a movie that promised so much more, the trite ending subscribes to the bogus therapeutic notion that one good cry and a confession of vulnerability can wipe away a lifetime of repression."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"As [Kira's] actions become more impulsive and her marriage unravels, the film is engagingly unpredictable."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Had the film's center been the husband, it would have been more intriguing."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"This Danish import provides a showcase for the lead actors, especially wide-eyed Stengade, who manages sensuality amid all the emotional volatility."
‑ , E! Online
"Despite Kira's Reason's chamber-drama focus, it never achieves [Madsen's] first film's intimacy."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"An incredibly touching ride along the jilting, jarring ups-and-downs of a deeply, madly loving relationship, where two people never quit trying, and failing, together."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Its pat finale ill-befits a film that otherwise strives successfully for stark emotional realism."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Stengade, in her first leading role, is at once vulnerable and frighteningly manic."
‑ Laine Ewen, Premiere Magazine
"The most colorful Dogme film, and the best to portray beauty, albeit damaged beauty."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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