Michael Sauter
August 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mifune

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Jesper Asholt, Anders W. Berthelsen, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen
director
Soren Kragh-Jacobsen
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Soren Kragh-Jacobsen
genre
Romance, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

In Mifune, a just married Copenhagen yuppie (Berthelson) returns to the family farm to care for his simpleton brother — and falls for the call girl (”High Fidelity”’s Hjejle) whom he has hired as housekeeper. Some Tinseltown director could make a slick romantic comedy out of all this (”Rain Man” meets ”Pretty Woman”), but Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, a Dogma 95 disciple, eschews calculated gags and cheap sentiment, favoring a sprawl of messily real emotions. Quick, catch this charmer before Hollywood gets its hands on the remake rights. B+

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