|'A One-way to Korsør' (a small town in Zealand, Denmark) - '... and return to romance' reads the title and tagline translated directly from Danish on this stuffed poster for Gert Fredholm's Ticket to Romance|
Rasmus, a newly graduated PhD with insight into Romanticism takes a job as a Danish teacher in an adult education center in a small town, where he is enriched by meeting some new people, including a woman with a particular wish.
Ticket to Romance is written by Mikael Olsen and Gert Duve Skovlund (One Hand Clapping/At Klappe med Een Hånd (2001), both) and directed by Gert Fredholm (The Missing Clerk/Den Forsvundne Fuldmægtig (1971)). The film sloshes problematically around in the waters between comedy and drama without having enough laughs or unrest to convincingly be either one.
It undeniably takes us to Korsør in Southwest Zealand, but we are often simply constricted to Rasmus' classroom or a taxi, which are not elevated into cinematic places here. Furthermore, the title - both the English and the original Danish one, - is nonsensical, since Rasmus both arrive and depart from Korsør in a moving van, which, as is common knowledge, doesn't require tickets, neither one-way or returns.
Carsten Bjørnlund (ID:A (2011)) does alright as the sometimes annoyingly withheld but lingually gifted Rasmus; Lærke Winther (3 Things/3 Ting (2017)) is sweet as his romantic interest, and Bjarne Henriksen (Where Have All the Good Men Gone/Hundeliv (2016)) is great in a supporting part as one of the students.
Fredholm focuses on the human relations and manages to give the film a core concerning the lesbian couple's ambition of having a child. But Ticket to Romance remains a Danish film that, in more than ways than one, is tiny.
Watch a trailer for the film here (no English subtitles unfortunately)
Cost: Reportedly 16.5 mil. DKK (approximately 2.49 mil. $)
Box office: Likely around 2 mil. DKK (approximately 0.31 mil. $)
= Mega-flop (0.12 times the cost)
[Ticket to Romance was released 19 September (Denmark) and runs 100 minutes. Financing was brought together from a 6 mil. DKK grant from the Danish Film Institute, from DR, Slagelse Kommune, Korsør Erhvervsforening and Zentropa. The film was only released in Denmark, where 27,790 paid admission to see it, coming to about 2 mil. DKK at the box office. Bjørnlund was nominated for the Best Actor Robert award (Denmark's Oscar) for his performance. Fredholm retired from filmmaking after the film's poor audience reception. Bjørnlund returned in Sommer (2008, TV-series), The Killing/Forbrydelsen (2009, TV-series) and Pagten (2009, TV-series) and theatrically in Nothing's All Bad/Smukke Mennesker (2010). 267 IMDb users have given Ticket to Romance a 5.8/10 critical average rating.]
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