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Just the Right Amount of Violence: Two films duelling for airtime

2 out of 4 stars

Title
Just the Right Amount of Violence
Directed by
Jon Bang Carlsen
Genre
Documentary
Classification
14A
Country
Denmark
Year
2013

Just the right amount of violence, perhaps, but not the right amount of balance. There are two films duelling for airtime in Danish director Jon Bang Carlsen's strange but heartfelt documentary. The first is his sad story of paternal abandonment when he was a child, and the unfillable emotional void that created. The second is the work performed by so-called interventionists, men retained by parents at wits' end to effectively kidnap their troubled, drug-addicted teenage sons and daughters and escort them to behavioural rehabilitation centres in Utah. Despite some jarring notes, the film raises important questions.

April 30, 6 p.m., Scotiabank; May 1, 6 p.m., ROM; May 4, 1 p.m., Scotiabank.

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Based in Toronto, Michael Posner has been with the Globe and Mail since 1997, writing for arts, news and features.Before that, he worked for Maclean's Magazine and the Financial Times of Canada, and has freelanced for Toronto Llfe, Chatelaine, Walrus, and Queen's Quarterly magazines. More

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