Queen of Hearts
Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Sophomore director May el-Toukhy’s powerful and controversial drama paints a picture-perfect canvas of bourgeois Danish society in the form of high-achieving lawyer Anne (note-perfect Trine Dyrholm), her doctor-husband, Peter (Magnus Krepper), and their two daughters - and then explodes our preconceptions by having Anne start an affair with her stepson (Gustav Lindh), seemingly just because she can…
El-Toukhy treads a fine line here, but her formal control and mastery of tone carry the day while really getting under your skin. She sets us up to admire Anne’s dedication to her role as a women’s rights advocate and prosecutor of male-on-female abuse and domestic violence cases before completely pulling the rug out from under us. Of course, everything rests on the execution of the film’s central role, and Dyrholm’s brave performance is a nothing short of a knockout. She is a force.
"A potent Danish drama that peels back the veneer of an ultra-civilized Scandinavian lifestyle to take a dark look at some very out-of-bounds behaviour… This is Dyrholm’s show and she gives it her all, emotionally and physically…" - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Audience Award, World Dramatic Competition, Sundance 19