After the pithy comedy 'Camping' (2009), director Jacob Bitsch throws itself over the different serious material film adaptation of Jonas T. Franks acclaimed debut novel 'Aminas letters' from 2005.
I have not read the book, but it should surely not be any prerequisite in order to get the full benefit of the film version. Unfortunately, the works of Anders Ølholms manuscript at a time something postage due and a tad elongated (despite a playing time of just 85 minutes).
Janus (Esben Smed) has been hospitalized at a psychiatric facility, where his apparently only lifeline has been a number of letters from gymnasieveninden Amina (Siir Tilif), which has a Turkish background. He prints at the movie's beginning, and his only mission is now to seek out Amina.
It turns out to be easier said than done, since not even Aminas family apparently knows where she is staying.
Janus' solitary hunting leads him bl.a. in the arms (and the bed) on the also mentally unstable Astrid (Lisa Carlehed) and in the clutches of some hard-hitting gang members. But since the story is told from his not entirely clear point of view, as a spectator, the whole of the time in doubt about what is reality and what is (wrong)notions.
there can easily be a point in, but then you have to be more conscious about what you choose to tell and not least, what you choose not to tell, than it seemed to be the case here. Antydningens art is, as you know, often the hardest part.
Janus' background, we get only a few fragments, but there is some incest and a subsequent marijuana and alcohol abuse. Maybe.
It all ends up, therefore - despite a more than excellent work of Esben Smed (who got his big break in the tv series 'Deception') as the troubled and paranoid Janus - like, a little halvkvædet show it is difficult to engage one hundred percent in. The intentions fail, and certainly nothing, while it is difficult, unfortunately, more with the performance. And I seriously doubt that the 'Aminas letters' get something long and happy life in the cinemas.
Starring: Esben Smed, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Lisa Carlehed, Siir Tilif m.fl.