brunokrass’s review published on Letterboxd:
Horrible. In the first hour of the movie nothing really happens. And because the dialogs aren’t interesting that gets pretty dreadful. Also nothing happens that doesn’t have to do with the main story line; zero side tracks. And once the dutch family starts to become “weird”, the acting becomes so unnatural. Fedja van Huet’s acting is over the top. But its also just bad writing and directing that causes this. Karina Smulders’ acting is good but she gets like three lines throughout the movie. Also a lot of things seem overlooked by Tafdrup. For example right before the end when the danish family decides to leave, the danish woman is so calm and just annoyed that they’re leaving. While the afternoon before she witnessed the mental abuse of the dutch parents towards Abel. Things like this don’t make sense. And yeah, it’s message may be the indecisiveness and correctness of the typical middle class family, but that doesn’t change much for me since this was just a terrible, dreadful movie to watch (and no, not in the way Tafdrup intended it to be).