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CPH PIX film festival 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

At the start of the movie, our protagonist, Martha, who's about 20, runs away from a strange cult where she's been living for the last two years (presumably having run away from a stifling domestic situation before that). She comes to live…

Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

Female Lebanese director Nadine Labaki has crafted a surprisingly stylish movie which stays long in the memory. The setting is a small Lebanese mountain village, and the theme is the uneasy co-existence of the Muslims and the Christians,…

The Future (2011)

Sometimes you can get the impression that Hollywood is all there is to American cinema. But the indie scene is larger than you think, and one prominent current name is Miranda July, who’s doing bizarre and awkward stuff that makes you think…

Take Shelter (2011)

*** Warning 'ere be spoliers *** Take Shelter has gone round the world to high acclaim, with praise lavished especially on Michael Shannon’s portrayal of the protagonist, Curtis, who starts having vivid dreams and visions about an…

Elena (2011)

After the Soviet Union came to an ignominious end in 1991, capitalism moved in. A very few became very rich, while conditions for many (not all) of the rest became worse than before. This is the spectre that makes itself felt through Andrei…

Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)

The second and final part of this live action franchise is just as well-produced and satisfying as the first part (see review here). Its plot, however, is rather more complex. Instead of the weirder aliens, our game contestants are now…

Gantz (2010)

It is being called the Japanese Harry Potter, and it is based on a best-selling sci-fi manga comic and a subsequent long anime TV show. But here we have the story in glorious live action. Weird aliens, black latex, wild action,…

Postcards from the Zoo (2012)

There is a Danish term that I have never really found a satisfactory English word for: pudseløjerlig. It means “funny-odd” or “cutesy-strange”. I like to use it to describe things that obviously want to be a little weird, a little edgy and…

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Martial arts movies have been wildly popular in Southeast Asia for decades. First there were the early Shaw Brothers adventures in the ‘50s and ‘60, then came Bruce Lee and his fists of fury, making the genre ten times as big and exporting…