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"An existential masterpiece...one of the most memorable films ever made." -Film Threat
"Inventive, entertaining and pleasingly bold." -Time Out London
"Stylistic structure and execution are coolly flawless" -Time Out NY
"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" -TV Guide
"Allegro is high-concept, lo-fi science fiction of the mind...more like a Kafkaesque kitchen-sink drama, close to the spirit (if not quite the letter) of Dogme 95" -Channel4
"Visually striking" -Chicago Reader
The director of Reconstruction, winner of the Cannes Camera d'Or in 2003, returns with Allegro, another mind-boggling exploration of his signature themes: love and memory. A well-known Danish pianist named Zetterstrom returns after many years to Copenhagen to perform at a gala concert. Throughout his life Zetterstrom has forsaken human emotion in pursuit of perfection. The last time he was in Copenhagen, he had a tragic love affair, and since then he has shut it out of his mind. But upon his return to the city, he begins to have visions of the woman he loved before losing his memory completely. Even the places in Central Copenhagen where his love affair occurred are physically shut off. A bizarre, unspecified catastrophe has enclosed the area in an impermeable transparent shell called The Zone. An intellectual science fiction film that owes something to Tarkovsky, Allegro traces Zetterstrom's struggle to enter the Zone and recover his memory, his love, his talent and his life. In this sci-fi love story about dreams and identity, Boe's visual brilliance engages the intelligence as well as the emotions of the audience.
Directed by Christoffer Boe, Denmark, 2005, 35mm, 88 mins. In Danish with English subtitles.