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100 minutes · 2013

A village priest (Peter Plaugborg) periodically rolls his paraplegic wife (Sonja Richter) in front of their congregation and commands her to walk, but she fails him and God every time (the miracle is that she doesn't slug him). As a young woman she longed to be a dancer, and her hunger for life is reawakened when her old performing partner (Ulrich Thomsen), who still carries a torch for her, arrives back in town. Tastefully anguished and overripe with religious irony, this Danish drama by Simon Staho may call to mind Ordet (1955), Carl Dreyer's masterpiece about the power of faith, but the love triangle, with its blunt dichotomy between physical delight and spiritual flagellation, grows dumber with every reel. By the time the priest is dragging his wife around the church on her dead legs, to be halted only by the tremulous voice of their little son, you may find your faith less wanting than your credulity.

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