Kaerlighedens Smerte (1993)

Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Denmark, Sweden  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Kirsten (Anne Louise Hassing) is naturally shocked to discover the body her friend's father, the result of a suicide. When she discusses this with her mother, she matter-of-factly says that her grandfather had done the same when she (the mother) was quite young. She has a breezy, open and supportive relationship with her mother, and her entry into the larger sexual universe is greatly eased by this. Except for the body of the suicide she stumbled upon as a youngster, her life goes swimmingly until, while in college, she fails an important exam. Even this is not serious, she is able to pass her course with a little coaching from a favorite teacher. While celebrating her success, she gets involved with a TV performer and becomes pregnant. Her mental health deteriorates as she becomes deeply depressed about minor setbacks in her life. Even renewing an old love relationship doesn't lift her spirits, and she eventually commits suicide heself. This is a lovingly told downbeat story in the classic Scandanavian mode.