Kira's Reason: A Love Story
Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2003)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Stengarde gives an arresting performance as a mentally unstable woman.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]tunning... a sometimes painfully intimate peek at a crumbling marriage...

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The film never particularly achieves any depth or resonance and ultimately comes across as a series of wacky, albeit rather disturbing episodes.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Kent Turner

As [Kira's] actions become more impulsive and her marriage unravels, the film is engagingly unpredictable.

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

Despite Kira's Reason's chamber-drama focus, it never achieves [Madsen's] first film's intimacy.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Its pat finale ill-befits a film that otherwise strives successfully for stark emotional realism.

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