The Trouble with Nature

Denmark, France 2020
In English and French, with partial English subtitles
95 min
Suitable for all audiences
Director: Illum Jacobi
Screenplay: Hans Frederik Jacobsen, Illum Jacobi
Cast: Antony Langdon, Nathalia Acevedo, Ulrik Wivel, Andrew Jeffers, Ian Burns, Pascal Allano, Gilbert Ravanel
Production: Illum Jacobi, Xavier Rocher, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Katja Adomeit / La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma, Adomeit Film
Print Source: Pascale Ramonda

The Trouble with Nature is a period road movie on the ambitions and ego of a philosopher who can’t get to grips with the aesthetic concept he himself invented. - - The Danish director’s film depicts the passage from the Enlightenment to Romanticism, parodying a figure who is fundamental to the Age of Enlightenment. In this instance, there are no duels between Giacomo Casanova and Count Dracula to express the triumph of Romanticism over Enlightenment; but we do see a “vampirised” form of nature – impenetrable, four-thousand-metre-high mountains; frozen glaciers and caves – which this man of letters attempts to destroy.

Carlota Moseguí / Cineurope

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