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Woyzeck's Last Symphony (2001)

Woyzecks sidste symfoni (original title)
| Short, Comedy, Drama
A tragicomedy, this film is about a world-famous Czech composer who, after emigrating, has to work on a porn movie to make a living.


Nikolaj Arcel


Nikolaj Arcel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zlatko Buric ... Woyzeck Lotzki
Charlotte Munck ... Sarah Gianopoulos
André Babikian André Babikian ... Ari Gianopoulos
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Jan Jean
Jesper Asholt Jesper Asholt ... Lars Lundgaard
Henrik Jandorf Henrik Jandorf ... Zbigeiew Lotzki
Lars Brygmann ... Narrator (voice)
Bjarne Henriksen ... Café Ejer
Pauli Ryberg Pauli Ryberg ... Sagsbehandler
Laura Kvist Poulsen Laura Kvist Poulsen ... Rikke
Nastja Arcel Nastja Arcel ... Lena Lotzki
Alf Åkerlund Alf Åkerlund ... Lasse
Camilla Jensen Camilla Jensen ... Linda
Carlos Flores Carlos Flores ... Håndlanger
Suhail Anwar Ghaus Suhail Anwar Ghaus ... Håndlanger


In tragicomedy fashion, and set up partly as fake-documentary, this film tells the story of a Czech composer called Woyzeck who finds it much harder than he had thought to continue his career as a composer once immigrated to Denmark. Not only does a jealous conductor steal his music, when Woyzeck finds himself unemployed he is forced to compose for a pornographic movie to make a living. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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It's a comedy, it's a tragedy, it's a ...
27 June 2003 | by pbnSee all my reviews

'Tragicomedy' is what I submitted as a keyword for this title, and tragicomedy is what it is. With a dialogue full of good ideas and a comic angle on everything that goes on, but also a semi-political emphasis on the problems of the unemployed immigrant, a number of melancholic scenes and a decidedly tragic ending, I sense that the director has in fact gone directly for this mixed impression.

With its surprising and entertaining fake-documentary style featuring a narrator voice and look-backs on the life of the main character, the style of the film is colourful and fun. Add to that the perfect lead, Zlatko Buric, himself an immigrant to Denmark from Croatia, and you've got yourself a very good film.

Weaknesses are a few dull scenes, the somewhat undeveloped character Sarah, and the mystification that the viewer may feel about the criminal environment that plays a central role in the film. Some of these are probably products of the intention of getting all moods into the film.

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