Like While You Were Sleeping directed by Christopher Nolan during his punchy pseudointellectual phase, Just Another Love Story contrives to have its family-man protagonist Jonas (Anders W. Berthelsen) mistaken for the mystery-man boyfriend (actually Nikolaj Lie Kaas, seen receiving a seemingly fatal gunshot wound in a last-stop Eastern hotel in the opening) of comatose Julia (Rebecka Hemse); cue identities fluxing in verse-chorus time-shuffling montage, complete with a clubby radiator-hum soundtrack most of the time. The original Danish title is closer to “Love on Film,” and lust-in-the-movies permeates Jonas’ voice-over, in which he helpfully contrasts fatale Julia’s “film noir” allure with banal, interrupted marital coitus.
A bit hand-holding, thematically speaking, but still Just Another Love Story is enjoyable mostly for all the movie-movie stops writer-director Ole Bornedal pulls out, to go along with a plot inevitably functioning via suspicion-confirming revelations and super-timely phone calls: Julia awakens blind and amnesiac, both jigsawingly coming back to her in subliminal jump-cuts and out-of-focus p.o.v. shots; a patient in full facial bandage, Eyes Without a Face meets the wrong-man gag in The Long Goodbye, rides his wheelchair menacingly at the far end of widescreen hospital corridors flickering like some especially troubled David Lynch location. Circling around the temptation towards escapism, Bornedal may anguish over infidelity and the slow middle-aging of affection — boiling over his domestic tension in an airplane hangar-sized Everything Store seemingly stocking nothing but booze — but he knows which side has the greener grass.