‘Queen of Hearts’, Denmark’s Oscar submission that played at IFFI, is a cold take on incest and shattered lives

Posted on December 5, 2019


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Like Section 375, Queen of Hearts – which played at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), and is the Danish submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar – toys with a provocative question: What if a man is the victim? Anne (Trine Dyrholm) is the most unusual kind of sexual predator. She’s an attorney. She defends young girls who’ve been abused. She not only fights for them, she also urges them to fight for themselves – and for others, too. “You are not just doing it for yourself but for all the girls out there,” she tells a girl who admits she is scared of testifying. And yet, Anne ends up seducing her underage stepson, Gustav (Gustav Lindh), a little after he moves in with the family.

Now, incest in the movies isn’t exactly new. (There are many shades of this “relationship”, but let’s just look at the ones between mothers/stepmothers and sons/stepsons.) In Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart (1971) and Bernardo Bertolucci’s La Luna (1979), the mother sleeps with the teenage son. Both filmmakers treat the sensational event as unsensational drama. They say incest is a natural progression of love. In Murmur of the Heart, after making love to her son, the mother says, “I don’t want you to be unhappy or ashamed or sorry. We’ll remember it as a very beautiful and solemn moment that will never happen again.”

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