A Dutch-Danish co-production with Juhler Film, directed by Anne Regitze Wivel
A daring, artistically uncompromising film about one of the greatest European philosofers, employing the oral tradition as a gateway into the world of Søren Kierkegaard. The film was shot at a Danish folkehøjskole, where we meet a group of students as they intently follow theire lectures and the ensuing debates.
At intervals we are greeted by a series of relevant quotations from the works of Søren Kierkegaard. On the visual side, the listening, debating faces give way to a tranquil record of the wonders of nature – flowers, birds, examples of a simple existence purged of man’s “double reflection”.
The film is a portrait of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophy, and at the same time a captivating visual portrayal of the possibilities inherent in dialogue, where communication is transformed into moving images.
The plot of the film, which concerns life and death, is left up to the individual cinema-goer and his or her own stage. Avoiding undue haste, utilizing a few, simple means, the film “thinks” its way into everyone who sees it, and turns him or her into the leading character. That is this film’s scoop. – Asger Schnack