Hip Hip Hurrah!

A visually appealing portrait of the Skagen Painters, a late 19th-century commune of artists inspired by the Impressionists who gathered in the Danish village of Skagen. Focus lies on Søren Krøyer (Stellan Skarsgård) who’s struggling with mental illness – our impressions of the landscape and people surrounding him go through his feverish eyes, and the filmmakers deliver a feast close to the original works by these artists. It’s a pity though that we never really get close to any of the characters; often frustrating and dull.

1987-Sweden-Denmark-Norway. 110 min. Color. Written and directed by Kjell Grede. Cinematography: Sten Holmberg. Cast: Stellan Skarsgård (Søren Krøyer), Lene Brøndum (Lille), Pia Vieth (Marie Krøyer), Helge Jordal, Morten Grunwald, Ulla Henningsen… Jesper Christensen, Stefan Sauk, Ghita Nørby, Johan H:son Kjellgren, Björn Kjellman.

Trivia: Original title: Hip hip hurra!. The Krøyers were also portrayed in The Passion of Marie (2012).

Venice: Best Cinematography.

 

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