in about 100 words or less
Denmark 116m, B&W
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer; Cast: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe, Axel Strøbye
Gertrud is an unusual drama about the failed romantic relationships of the film’s central character, an unhappy middle-aged wife who believes that “a woman’s love and a man’s work are mortal enemies”. Eventually finding herself alone, with only her intellectual pursuits and memories to give her life meaning, Gertrud seems not to regret her decisions. Rarely looking directly at one another, Dreyer’s characters are emotionally distant, and his extensive use of medium camera shots, further heightens the film’s stylized look and detached mood (Klaus Ming April 2016).