Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Mifunes Sidste Sang
Denmark/Sweden, 1999. Danmarks Radio, Nimbus Film Productions, SVT Drama, Zentropa Entertainments. Screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen. Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle. Produced by Birgitte Hald, Morten Kaufmann. Music by Thor Backhausen, Karl Bille, Christian Sievert. Film Editing by Valdis Oskarsdottir. Berlin Film Festival 1999. European Film Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Excellent film in the line of Dogma films that follow creator Lars Von Triers’ rules of natural sound, handheld cameras and improvisational-style acting. In this one, a white collar newlywed is called back home to his family farm in the sticks when he finds out that his father has just died. Now he has to take care of his mentally challenged brother while his wife sits it out at home. Add to the mix a prostitute trying to go straight who comes to the farm with her little brother to work as a housekeeper, and you’ve got a great dramatic mix of personalities and characters that is very satisfying to watch. The main character’s obsession with Japanese samurai films and in particular their biggest star, Toshiro Mifune, is the reason for the film’s title.