Directed by Christoffer Boe, starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie and Krister Henriksson.
"It's a film, a construction, but it still hurts." That's what August Holm (Henriksson) tells us as he sets the scene for this story about what people will or won't do for true love. And he's right. Danish director Christoffer Boe's first feature film is an arresting tale of the brittle nature of love and the tenuous grip with which we hold onto it.
Alex (Kaas) is on a night out with his girlfriend Simone (Bonnevie) in Copenhagen when he sees August's wife Aimee (also Bonnevie) at a train station. He's so enchanted by her that he leaves Simone and follows Aimee to a bar, where the two strike up a conversation and end up spending the night together.
When Alex leaves the next morning, he finds that his whole world has turned upside down. In a bizarre twist, his friends and family, even Simone, no longer recognise him. Having arranged to meet Aimee at a restaurant, he tells himself that everything will be okay as long as she is there. The pair decide to go away together and part with an agreement to meet again that evening.
While Aimee arrives at the café, having left her husband, Alex can't resist saying goodbye to Simone, even though she doesn't know who he is. It's this moment of hesitation that threatens his new-found happiness with Aimee, and the love that they share is rendered fragile because Alex can't seem to commit as whole-heartedly as Aimee.
Kaas looks suitably moody and Bonnevie is enchanting, but this is all about the concept of love as an extremely fragile thing, apt to disappear when we don't believe in it totally.
Our narrator, August, reminds us that love is a battle, and, again, he's right, but 'Reconstruction' proves that the casualty is always the human heart and, sadly, we often only have ourselves to blame. Unable to trust in the love he's found with Aimee, Alex seems doomed to repeat his mistakes in a poignant spiral of loss and disillusionment.