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½ April 9, 2012
Hvilken fremragende måde for Frits Helmuth at slutte en fantastisk karriere. På vanlig Erik Clauden stil sjov, rørende og sørgelig.
½ December 21, 2011
Yet another solid Dutch flick. I'm not sure I've ever seen a bad one. It's pretty damn depressing though. All these weird and pathetic characters and a little mean stuff to animals.

In a nutshell: a failing actress becomes caretaker for a presumed invalid. Invalid was a jerk in his younger years, and he had a son. Son grew up to become a pathetic man who owns a large chicken farm. As a child, the son had to watch while his father killed his pet chickens, then eat them. Wow. That's fucked up and terribly sad. Later, the son is trying to be successful with a woman. He gives her daughter a chick then proceeds to basically rape the mother. The daughter finds out and throws the chick against the wall. Wow. That's fucked up and terribly sad. In the end, the failed actress gets the invalid to come out of his shell in a reenactment he might have had with his suicidal wife and the real father of his son.

This is like a Dutch indie flick. From the start, I thought I might not be able to finish it. But as per usual, pretty solid storytelling and great acting, even in something like this.
½ January 27, 2011
Jorgen is burdened by his father, Valentin, an old man who neither talks nor moves and is leading something hard to be called a life at his villa. The nurses come and go as Valentin sits in his chair, never moving, never reacting.

When Anna (Sonja Richter), a young unemployed actress, is hired to care for Walentin (Frits Helmuth), a speechless and motionless invalid, she finally has the audience she's been craving. But as Anna's care (and long-winded monologues) begin reviving the old man, he reveals a far less feeble mind than he's been pretending to have -- and Anna will have to stop Walentin's son (writer-director Erik Clausen) from doing something drastic.

Jorgen is burdened by his father, Valentin, an old man who neither talks nor moves and is leading something hard to be called a life at his villa. The nurses come and go as Valentin sits in his chair, never moving, never reacting.

Anna is a 24-year-old unemployed actress who, to get a paycheck, participates in a ridiculous commercial, where she meets Jrgen, who offers her a room at his father's villa to look after Valentin. She takes the job and turns out to be the only person able to deal with this old, miserable man.

Valentin's mental faculties are not always on an even keel, yet he serves as an audience for the roles Anna didn't get at auditions, and step-by-step, she starts to bring him back to life. But it turns out that Valentin isn't quite as feeble as he has led everyone to believe, and Anna must call upon her acting skills to find out what he is hiding before Jrgen takes more drastic measures.

A satire, psychological drama and comedy rolled into one, director Erik Clausen's Villa Paranoia adeptly draws upon rich characters, who demonstrate the values and strength of the human heart, to create a portrait of Denmark today.
April 26, 2008
plucky and nuanced. a fantastic movie.
½ February 23, 2008
This is a magnificent view on the human nature and on the meaning of life. It talks about death, lies, being old, being alone and many other things. Sonja Richter is a great actress and I think she gave a wonderful performance in Villa paranoia. It's a must see.
December 6, 2007
Subtle and engaging family drama that involves a dying father, his thespian caretaker, and his intimacy-challenged, chicken-raising son. The storyline seems uniquely Danish, but its brilliant, Moliere-quoting denouement has rings of Hamlet to it.
October 24, 2007
Det her er bare alletiders samfundssatire. Erik Clausen er S? sej!
August 27, 2007
Den beste danske filmen jeg har sett.
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