Thomas Winterberg, in his latest film, Another Round, has a suggestion for all of us who have become invisible in our daily lives: Live the dream of youth. This movie is about the head of life.
I often remember Winterberg movies with characters from Christ Waresh. Characters who, without being seen much, dedicate their lives to helping others. However, some of them have suffered nothing but this sacrifice. Characters like Christine in The Celebration, who rises every time at her father’s birthday, sings a sermon in support of her victim’s sister, and is rejected by all. Or Nick’s character in Submarino, who seems to have no purpose other than to alleviate the suffering of others, and in this way tries to bring happiness to all his neighbors, his brother and even his ex-wife.
In the meantime, perhaps the best character in Winterberg’s best film is Lucas in The Hunt. Lucas, who has a great relationship with the children there as a kindergarten teacher, is suddenly accused of child abuse by one of the kindergarten girls. Then we stay and look at the accusing look of others as if they were crucifying Lucas and a constant meeting in the church (in the tradition of all Winterberg films). Where all the people of the city can be brought against Lucas. A memorable sequence is played by Mads Mickelson in the church. Look at the lighting in the scene, especially on Lucas’s face. It is as if Christ is entering the church.
I often remember Winterberg movies with characters from Christ Waresh. Characters who, without being seen much, dedicate their lives to helping others. However, some of them have suffered nothing but this sacrifice
It is not uncommon for his characters to take on more of a teacher role. What better place to be than to be a teacher to achieve that Christlike face. A place that is always educating and training a generation. The teacher can also be a good representative of a class or current of thought that has a great impact on the next generation. On the other hand, the role of these teachers’ students is also special in Winterberg films. In different age groups, ie children, adolescents and adults, all of them observe the behavior of these teachers with curious eyes and are strongly influenced by them. Kids are very mature in Winterberg movies. They understand beyond their age, and their high understanding amazes those around them.
For example, on the horror side of the story, Clara, the little girl in The Hunt, observes a catastrophe for her teacher by observing the details of Lucas’ behavior alongside her adult imagination. But on the other hand, The Commune’s teenage daughter understands that she finds a solution to the crisis in her parents’ relationship. The confrontation of the adult students of Another Round with their teachers also creates the need for a proper dialogue between the two generations.
At first glance, it may seem that Winterberg envisions a miserable fate like the fate of Christ for his terrestrial characters, but I think he has taken a new approach in his new film, Another Round. A kind of compromise with life and a proposal to cope with it. Concerns about the daily routine and monotony of a couple’s relationship, especially a middle-class couple, are issues that were also sparked in The Commune. A couple who find themselves helpless in a big house. The wife tells her husband that she needs a change. As a teacher, the man is trapped in everyday life and feels a distance between himself and his generation of students. That’s why I find The Commune more like Winterberg’s transition to Another Round. Winterberg has finally reached a heartwarming conclusion in escaping from everyday life.
The details of the film’s story are revealed below
It is not uncommon for the characters in Winterberg films to take on more of a teacher role. What better place to be than to be a teacher to achieve that Christlike face. A place that is always educating and training a generation
By examining the lives of 4 teachers from different backgrounds with different living conditions. One divorced his wife. Another is trying to start a new relationship. One has two adult sons and the fourth lives with three children and his wife. Here, instead of one teacher, four teachers are at the heart of the story, and of course, gaining a new understanding of life and finding hope can affect the next generation of Danes in Denmark. Despite their different living conditions, they have one thing in common. Feeling desperate in life.
Both because of their middle age and because of the monotony of their lives. This despair is beautifully displayed for each of them in short excerpts from their teaching methods in the film. Martin (played by Mads Mickelson) does not move from his chair and tells the story to his students in a boring way. Tommy, the sports coach, contrasts his resident with the mobility of his students, and the shallow depth of field completely separates him from the students.
Peter feels a distance between himself and his disciples. A distance that does not leave them as they should be taught to sing. Nikolai is also seen in the chaotic atmosphere of his home with children who cannot stop their urination. All 4 teachers are shown to us in size. Naturally, three of them, namely Tommy, Peter and Nikolai, are closer to the brigade, and we know them as much as the film needs. But Martin becomes more special to us and we see more of his privacy. Because we are dealing with his fundamental transformation. It is he who, on that mysterious night, weeps in a group of four men and sets the stage for the transformation of all of them. Martin’s cries are the cries of all of us who are helpless in this daily life. A unique cry from Maddie Mickelson. From the same kind of cries in The Hunt.
Take a look at the staging of this men’s period. Dim lighting that puts men in the dark, but on the other hand, clothes on the table shine as the mysterious and stimulating elements of these characters. A sincere solitude that is to turn into a moment of youthful recovery. Alcohol is an excuse. Even you read McGuffin. It is a spark to make these people aware of their desperation. The spark is for rebirth.
Martin’s cries are the cries of all of us who are helpless in this daily life. A unique cry from Maddie Mickelson. From the same kind of cries in The Hunt
I have to open a parenthesis here. That is, alcohol plays an important role in Denmark. Danes are very addicted to alcohol. In a way, Winterberg was surprised by this desire to undertake a research process in a layer of his film. Teachers deal with Oscar Droud’s theory in a research way and constantly record their developments. This approach has led the filmmaker to look at this mysterious liquid on a large scale without any judgment. The passage of any amount is evident in their social relations. So that we are fully aware of the two-way effect of this issue. For one it brings death and for another it provides only an excuse for vitality.
But Another Round is not just about alcohol. As I said, alcohol is just an excuse for these people to rediscover themselves. Let go of your routine and planned life for a while. Their decision to implement Oscar Droud’s theory, even during working hours, is a metaphor for acting against pre-established rules. But the deeper pleasure of the film is elsewhere. Let’s take a look at some crazy movie moments. The moments that revolve around the developments of Martin and his wife Anika.
Introducing the first moment, we go for a boat ride with Martin and his family. That night, Martin rediscovers the image of the past eight years for his wife. He is no longer invisible. He forces his wife to utter this motif-like and heartwarming dialogue in the film: “I miss you.” Anika says this while shedding tears. Tears that are both for nostalgia and for the betrayal he has done to his wife. Tears for missed opportunities. The less we say about this sequence, the less we say.
A little later, when Martin crosses the line, we see the aggression and collapse of the four of them, but the next heartwarming moment is the appointment that Martin has arranged to express remorse and start again with his wife. I refer you to the movement of the camera, the moment Martin takes Anika’s hand. The camera comes down from Anika’s crying face. Emphasizes their knotted arms. Two half-full cups can be seen in the background of these hands. The camera comes up again. These clothes were an excuse for the two hands to come together and express nostalgia.
Now the way to reunite this couple is the purest of all. A text message arrives on Martin’s phone. The message is: “I miss you too.” Do we see this message in the Insert view of the mobile phone? Never. Winterberg’s ingenuity is here. This sentence appears exactly on the black screen. As the research results of these 4 teachers. This sentence also replaces the results of those studies to understand what the film is really about. The next message that says “too much” intoxicates us all with Martin. Because instead of the path of betrayal, another round of life has been proposed.
However, in the end we are faced with a combination of the bitter reality of life. Along with this life, there is also the death of one of the teachers. But the other three comrades also understood the main meaning of this period. They know that if Tommy was alive, he would continue the same process. Before his death, Tommy had told Martin a sentence that, with his absence, would deepen the impact of Martin’s relationship with his wife: “I will always remember you and Anika together.”
What else do we expect but the final dance? When everything is compromised. A man has returned to a relationship with his wife. A teacher who felt strange to his students was thrown into the air on their hands. The death of a friend has led to a better understanding of life for others, and most importantly, the young generation who have learned life from these teachers is emerging. Add to all this the statement that Thomas Winterberg lost his daughter in an accident while making the film Another Round. But he has also reached a compromise with life with this filmmaking. As he records Tommy’s death on a boat and in a long shot, he devotes much of his filming ending to an intoxicating dance. Now I will end the text with a part of the hymn sung in the film: “If we had nothing to fight … then what would you and I be like?” That is why we love this world … In spite of its shortcomings and conflicts, the earth is beautiful to me … just like in the days of creation … “