A wistful sense of melancholy pervades Thomas Vinterberg's much-criticised, 2021-set follow-up to his Dogme film Festen. We're told right off the bat that the main character has seven days to live, lending a sure sadness to the tale of a divorcing couple (Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes) who realise they love each other in a world gone awry.
Sadly, much of the director's musing on modern life feels airily pretentious, while Sean Penn's accented cameo is a big no-no. But there's enough that's mournful and moving here to suck you in: the choral score, the winning Phoenix and Vinterberg's lush, luminous helming. A folly? Yes, but a fascinating one.