Copenhagen: Postcards from Vladimir Nabokov

If you’ve never visited the capital of Denmark, you’ll be dying to go after watching this little-known indie film: Copenhagen is a beautiful tale about forgiveness, finding yourself, and the inconvenience of love…

Copenhagen (2014): Directed by Mark Raso; running-time 1h 38mins.; starring Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones, Aquarius), Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto.

What’s it about? An immature Canadian (Anthony) finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen, the city where his father was born, and befriends a young local girl (Hansen) that wants to help him find his grandfather.

What’s it really about? Coming to grips with the past, so you can build a future that isn’t tainted by things you cannot change.

Pick if:

  • You like indie films: Copenhagen is a testament to the fact that you don’t need a big budget to tell an authentic story through film
  • You’re at a crossroads in your life and don’t really know who you are or who you want to be anymore
  • You’re a fan of movies that interact with the place that they’re set in, such as In Bruges, Midnight in Paris, or Sex and the City
  • You’re looking for a film that will inspire you to travel: Copenhagen will make you dream about a weekend trip to the capital of Denmark
  • You don’t mind Lolita stories, i.e. plots that involve older men falling in love with young girls. Granted, Nabokov’s eponymous novel Lolita is creepy at best, but William’s growing infatuation with Effy actually plays out in a way that makes you sympathise with his situation. More importantly, he never crosses the line with her

 

Most memorable scene: ***********************SPOILER*********************

William sneaks Effy into his hotel where she tries to initiate a hook up, but although he is insanely attracted to her and even thinks he might be in love with her, he decides that it would be a mistake to have sex with her considering her age, so instead they just go to sleep.

Most memorable quote:

I want to tell you a story about Skagen. It’s in the north of the country where the two oceans meet. I went there once with my mother.She was sad because her boyfriend left. And I was sad because I had a fight with my best friend. So she brought me to the end of the beach, and then she pointed to the right where the Baltic Sea is. So the current travels west, and she pointed to the left. Also a very beautiful blue sea, but the current travels east. And then she pointed to the middle,and she said that… that is the perfect relationship. You can look to the left, and you can look to the right, and both seas are there, and they can meet in the middle, but they never lose themselves in each other. They’re always themselves no matter what.”– Effy

Magic Music Moment: Effy sings “Vi To Er Emeltet Sammen” by Stoffer & Maskinen – badly! – at a dodgy Karaoke bar in the afternoon.

Where can I watch? Copenhagen is available for streaming on Amazon, Maxdome, iTunes as well as Netflix Canada, US, Argentina, Brasil, Mexico and Colombia.

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