We recently watched a collection of academy award winning short films. While each one was brilliant in its own right, one really captured my heart. "The Danish Poet" is an animated film, told in the way one would tell a child's bedtime story. As such, you will want to be snuggled up with a blanket, a child, pet or spouse. It's a story about love, fate and those things we still like to call "coincidence".
It begins with a young man, a poet, who, due to his writers block, requires the services of a psychologist.
"You need a holiday," says the psychologist, to which the poet concurs.
So off he sets in search of his favorite author, hoping for some inspiration, but instead, encounters a young farm girl with whom he madly falls in love. But alas, the young farm girl has already committed herself to another man, her father having facilitated the arrangement. Of course she is not in love with this other man but is instead, quite taken with the young poet. Not wanting to disappoint her father though, she opts to keep her commitment, leaving the young poet heartbroken, where he then heads back home from his trip, forgetting about his original intention.
What follows is a series of "coincidences" as well as a rather hysterical scene (to which there are more than one in this film) involving the young farm girls new husband, which leaves the viewer hoping that love will win in the end. I won't ruin the surprise by telling you if the heart is followed, but I will say that by the end, I was weeping. And the little twist at the very end adds even more emotion.
This is one film to have in the movie collection.