For Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Anders Danielson’s Lies

For Valentine's Day, Let's Celebrate Anders Danielson's Lies

For Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Anders Danielson’s Lies


Photo illustration: Condor.Photos: IFC Films; Getty Images; Neon

Sometimes things just line up. Just like Mercury went retrograde on Friday the 13th. Or this year, when Valentine’s Day weekend happens to coincide with AndersFest 2022, the season’s most romantic movie event.

If you don’t know what AndersFest 2022 is, don’t worry: it’s a fictitious event that I just made up to commemorate the life and work of Norwegian art giant Anders Danielsen Lie. Compared to complex festivals like Halloween or Purim, AndersFest is simple. All you have to do is watch the double feature of the two movies Lie is currently starring in, Bergman Island and the worst person in the worldand perhaps while eating themed snacks, it’s better to think deeply about the nature of love and whether lies are hotter in one movie or another.

First, some background: Lie is a 43-year-old multihyphenated with the kind of life a romance novel editor would reject as impractical. He has appeared in acclaimed European art films half-time and spent the other half as a general practitioner in Norway. (His mother was an actor, and his father was a doctor—named Freud.) If you liked Norwegian movies, you might have seen him as a psychiatric writer in 2006 repeat or as a recovering drug addict in 2011 Oslo, 31 August. (those movies and worst person Both directed by Joachim Trier, they are collectively known as the filmmaker’s “Oslo Trilogy.” ) Personally, I know he is Paul Greengrass murderer Anders Breivik July 22which is probably the least sexy role an actor can play.

Bergman Island (left) and the worst person in the world. (The man on the right is not Anders Danielson Lay.) Image: IFC; Neon

Things got more heated last summer Bergman Island and the worst person in the world Premiered at Cannes, and cemented Lie’s status as a sex symbol for today’s moviegoers. In the former, he plays Mia Wasikowska’s on-and-off lover Joseph, played by Mia Wasikowska; in the latter, he’s the Gen X cartoonist Aksel, with aimless The protagonist Julie (Renate Reinsve) is in love. Even aside from Lee’s presence, both films are in dialogue, a diptych about female desire and ambition. One of the reasons they make Lie so obsessive is that in both cases his character is seen through the eyes of a woman who loves him. They’re not the same person, but there’s enough overlap to create a star image of Anders Danielson’s lie—he’s smart, a bit of a jerk, but still seductive. I made a meme for this!

Although both Bergman Island and the worst person in the world It’s all about love in some ways, and you don’t have to go to AndersFest 2022 together. If you’re in a relationship, I suspect there’s a lot to gain from celebrating with your partner, but the holiday is just as effective as a gathering of friends and a rewarding pastime even for lonely is all your stuff will need:

— A Hulu subscription, or, if not, an Amazon account.

— Residential near one of the nation’s 50 theaters the worst person in the world.

— With enough interest in contemporary European cinema, you’ll be able to resist the temptation of your phone for four hours.

AndersFest is a full day event. Below is a suggested schedule, although feel free to mix and match as you see fit. The only mandatory activity is watching both films. It’s not “festival” otherwise; it’s just “movie watching,” which is nowhere near as fun.

we will start Bergman IslandDirected by French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love, Since that’s streaming, it makes sense to start at home. The movie is currently available on Hulu, but if you don’t have an account, you can also rent it on Amazon for as little as 99 cents. That’s only nine crowns!

At the risk of sounding like Alison Roman, there’s no better movie accompaniment than a fancy snack. Bergman Island The story takes place on the Swedish island of Fårö, which, as you might have guessed from the title, is both the home and filming location of legendary director Ingmar Bergman. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a Bergman expert to enjoy this movie, but if you are, that’s cool too. If you’re the baking type, pair the film with Swedish cardamom bread, which Eater sees as the next “It” pastry. You can also try Lussekatter, smallThe shaped saffron bread is traditionally eaten at Christmas. (Every Swede apparently has a pantry full of expensive spices, one of the lesser-known perks of social democracy.) None of this is in the movie; if you really want to go crazy, make some lamb Burger bar.

Then all you have to do is watch a movie! Here are some potential discussion issues:

– a potential problem Bergman Island Is it whether two people in a relationship can be met professionally and personally, or if a partner always has to sacrifice, why is it usually a woman? Discuss how gender affects your relationships.

– Would you rather be settled and boring like Chris and Tony (Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth) or loud and sexy like Amy and Joseph?

– Do you see the “female gaze” in the way Hansen-Løve’s camera captures Lie?

— Should both women keep their current love interests, or should they perform for Hamps (Hamps Nordenson)? He sure looks like he likes it.

– What do you think of Chris’s movie ending?

— Would you like a couples trip to the Swedish island of Fårö, or is that your nightmare?

Plus, if you’re a man in a heterosexual relationship, now is a great time to help clean up. Don’t be like Bergman!

We are now trekking north to Anders’ native Norway, which means we need a Norwegian lunch. The good news is that Norway is famous for its kneippbrød, a brown, whole-wheat bread that’s very easy to make. (Here’s a recipe using common ingredients in the US.) I think people have really started making their own gravy over the past few years, so if you like fish, that’s an option too. However, both require advance planning. An easier way to stay on topic might just be to find a bottle of aquavit and go to town. Norwegians reportedly drink it very slowly at room temperature. It could be water too!

Hope you didn’t drink too much because you will have to leave the house to go to the cinema. (The person I’m writing about lives a five-minute walk from the Nighthawk Hotel. Apparently don’t drink and drive.) You’ll see the worst person in the world, a film about a 30-something Dakota Johnson doppelganger trying to figure out her life. The film just received two Oscar nominations: International Motion Picture and Original Screenplay. Long live!although worst person It made all three of our reviewers’ Best of 2021 lists, and it only recently opened in the US, which is why you’ll see it this weekend.

Traditional movie-going etiquette says you shouldn’t talk too much during the process, but here are some discussion points for you to discuss later in the lobby:

– If men menstruate, do we only hear this?

— Do you agree with Julie that it is better to start with a flaccid penis?

— If so, what activities at Julie and Eivind’s wedding do you personally consider cheating?

– If you were in Julie’s place, would you make the decision she made about Avind and Axel?

— Would you agree that your partner likes their ex’s Instagram selfie?

——Do you feel like Axel that the world of your youth has disappeared?

By now you should be a little blue, maybe a little drunk, wondering that eternal love is impossible. Happy Anders Day!

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