Hemel

80 minutes 2012

The title of this Danish drama translates as "Heaven," the given--and ultimately ironic--name of its bewitching protagonist (Hannah Hoekstra). Prowling the clubs at night, she picks up men for sex, and after they've satisfied her she cruelly dismisses them. But Heaven begins to seem less a predator than a victim once we've been introduced to her silver-haired father (Hans Dagelet), a sophisticated monster whose own sexual appetites have wrecked his family and scarred everyone in his orbit. The quiet scene in which he gathers up his sleeping grown daughter from bed and puts her on the toilet to pee, as if she were three years old, hints at the mingled tenderness and control that have made her the mess she is. Sacha Polak directed a crafty, finely shaded script by Helena van der Meulen. In Danish with subtitles.

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