Review by: Mut Asheru
Here’s another worthwhile indie film to catch at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival or anywhere else if you should have the chance. COPENHAGEN directed by Mark Raso starts off in a nice place for me. In the midst of awkwardness. And while this film won’t change your life it will definitely capture your attention and sustain you through to its conclusion.
William (Gethin Anthony) has set off on a trip to Copenhagen to search for his long lost grandfather. Armed with a letter penned by his father as a child he tries to track down his only living family with the help of Effy (Frederikke Dahl Hansen) whom he met through a chance encounter. William is not a nice dude. He’s actually an asshole that is wholly unlikeable…in the beginning. But as the film marches on we begin to uncover what makes him the way he is and all we can say is…”Dad’s be a father to your child!” Because if you’re not chances are you molding a jerk to unleash on the world.
Originally William is accompanied by his friend Jeremy (Sebastian Armesto) who has brought along his girlfriend on a “guy trip”. Needless to say William does not like her nor she he. Their arguments further help to cement our dislike of William. Later on, they ditch him to get married and William is left on his own to find his long lost relative. As time wears on the relationship that develops between him and Effy turns endearingly taboo.
One thing that stands out in this film is the lovely scenery that is Copenhagen. It will make you want to go there. Hats off to the location scout and cinematographer for visually transporting the audience to what looks like a really freakin awesome destination.
Turns out Effy is not of legal age but the chemistry between the characters is hard to deny and the big question brought about by Effy’s age revelation is an uncomfortable one. Will William give in to his physical urges or restrain himself? That’s for you to watch and find out.
Needless to say by the end of the film you might find yourself liking William a bit. Anthony’s performance as the cynical butt-hole is well played in that he doesn’t go so far out there that you totally lose interest in the character. He adds and removes just enough emotion in key areas to keep you invested in his outcome. Also, Effy is freakin adorable. Frederikke Hansen plays her with tough spunk and tenderness.
Copenhagen is Raso’s feature directorial debut.
Copenhagen will be screened Wednesday April 9 at 10:15 pm and Thursday, April 10 at 4:15 pm = both showings at the Angelika Theatre during the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org