American Beauty

American Beauty

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AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights, smoking pot, doing nothing, and discovering the overflowing sexuality of his 16-year-old daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), has her own midlife crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Thora Birch), the Burnhams' daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Wes Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries a video camera around with him at all times. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper), discovers something potentially horrifying on one of his tapes, and when Carolyn's rage for Lester's actions boils over, the time bomb finally explodes.

Kommentar

American Beauty er filmen alle taler om. Med sin intelligens, frækhed og syndige komik har den en sikker plads i filmhistorien. Belønnet med 5 Oscars, placeret på over 275 top 10 lister verdenen over og kåret til årets bedste film af over 65 filmanmeldere er der her en film, man kan se flere gange.

Filmens hovedpersoner er den udslettelige Lester (Kevin Spacey) og hans kone Carolyn (Annette Bening). Er tilsyneladende almindeligt par i et forstads anonymt kvarterer, med et ægteskab, der langsomt men sikkert er ved at køre af sporet.

American Beauty er ikke kun en uforglemmelig filmoplevelse med fremragende skuespil, men også en film, der viser hvor vigtigt det er at se det smukke i livet, inden det er for sent.

Skuespillere:

Annette Bening

Kevin Spacey

Allison Janney

Chris Cooper (I)

Peter Gallagher

Scott Bakula

Thora Birch

Medie Film     DVD
Udgivet Storbritannien, 27/11-2000
Oprindeligt udgivet 1999
EAN/UPC 0678149096026
Label Universal
Katalognr. 4909602
Genre Drama
Estimeret vægt 124 gram
Spilletid 01:57:00
Region Region 2 (Europa)
Lydformat Dolby Digital 5.1
Billedformat 2.35:1 WS (16:9 COD)
Sprog Engelsk  
Undertekster Dansk Norsk Svensk Finsk Hollandsk
Director Sam Mendes