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  • Summary: The director of Reconstruction, winner of the Cannes Camera d'Or in 2003, returns with Allegro, another mind-boggling exploration of his signature themes of love and memory. (International Film Circuit)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    100
    An existential masterpiece. Merging the stylistic direction of Jean-Pierre Jeunet with the existential sensibilities of Charlie Kaufman, creating one of the most memorable films ever made.
  2. 75
    Spare, elegant and tailor-made for intense discussions over dark coffee, Boe's film is a slily bold and delightfully inventive variation on an age-old theme.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    60
    Sophomore effort by Danish helmer Christoffer Boe offers a mix of cerebral sci-fi conceits, baroque visual texture and romantic melancholy similar to that in his Cannes kudo-reaping debut, "Reconstruction." Still, pic is remarkably original and reps further evidence of a unique directorial vision.
  4. Its most intriguing moments evoke the way that memory plays tricks and our visions of the past are actually scrambled composites of impressions and feelings.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    30
    Unmotivated jitters and flash-zooms abound, needlessly complicating a flagrantly elaborate premise.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. LengyelG.
    Feb 22, 2008
    10
    It is a masterpiece. I started to watch it half asleep and I was amazed.
  2. TommyA.
    May 9, 2007
    8
    Glad to see this is finally getting a wider release.
  3. ChadS.
    Nov 14, 2007
    7
    "The Zone", in "Allegro", is a televised screen(like a desert vista in a Road Runner cartoon that the coyote would smash into) that contains "The Zone", in "Allegro", is a televised screen(like a desert vista in a Road Runner cartoon that the coyote would smash into) that contains a static representation of a Copenhagen neighborhood, which to me, vaguely recalls the use of back screen projection in Lars Von Trier's "Zentropa". So does the narration, even though it's not in second-person. If you ever wondered how a film scripted by Charlie Kaufman would look in the hands of an intellectually rigorous(rather than playful) filmmaker like Von Trier, "Allegro" is your movie. How Zetterstrom(Ulrich Thomsen) enters another world, an absurdest world("The Zone"), is reminiscent of "Being John Malkovich", and his memory erasure of a true love, Andrea(Helena Christensen), is similar to "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind". Those two films were fun. "Allegro" is not. It does, however, has something interesting to say about the foolishness of loving your craft more than a human being. When Andrea abandons Zetterstorm after a recital, he erases her from his mind. When he loses his ability to play the piano, "Allegro" shows us how empty our lives are without love. Without his talent, Zetterstorm is nothing. Collapse

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