Reconstruction (2003 film)

Reconstruction is a psychological romantic drama film and the debut of Christoffer Boe, who also wrote the screenplay together with Mogens Rukov. It was filmed in Copenhagen and won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 Golden Plaque for Manuel Alberto Claro's luminous wide-screen cinematography.

Directed byChristoffer Boe
Produced byTine Grew Pfeiffer
Written byChristoffer Boe
Mogens Rukov
StarringNikolaj Lie Kaas
Maria Bonnevie
Krister Henriksson
Nicolas Bro
Music byThomas Knack
CinematographyManuel Alberto Claro
Release date
  • 26 September 2003 (2003-09-26)
Running time
91 minutes


The central character is Alex (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a Danish photographer with a Stockholm-bred girlfriend, Simone (Maria Bonnevie).

Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee (Maria Bonnevie). In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.

“It’s all a film. It’s all a construction,” announces the narrator, who is soon revealed to be a noted Swedish author, August (Krister Henriksson), as well as the tale’s apparent inventor.


The film was shot almost entirely in available light.[1] The crew shot Super 16 on an Arri SR3 using three different stocks. Then the film was scanned, color-graded, and digitally masked to CinemaScope. The scan was a simple one-light, and the team did no color correction, the opposite of today's trend to perform a digital intermediate. They also pushed the emulsion for extra grain.[2]




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