‘Kamikaze’ Review: Danish drama about a young adult trying to relive after killing his family

It seems that this young woman, who was sitting on the plane with her head shaved and pancake syrup tattooed on her left eye, intentionally crashed the plane to kill herself. After the planes collided, we heard her voice say there was a before and after.

Right in the past of the story:

Julie (Marie Reuters) has just turned 18. She has long blonde hair. She walks through Copenhagen with her fashion friends, goes shopping and takes selfies for Instagram. But his voice tells us he remembers precisely what happened before and after he received the text that changed his life, even though everything after that, eight months later, is a blur.

Before she even got the news about it, Julie’s life was “not good and perfect,” as she put it. He has friends. He was going to throw a party while his parents and brother were on their way to Africa. Shortly before texting, he teased a waiter at a restaurant. And he feels like a pool tile publisher named Christoph (Alexander Kuznetsov).

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But then we see him after he crashes the plane. He wakes up very disappointed that he is still alive. He starts recording deposits on his phone (finding a portable charger he believes will last the phone). In his videos, he speculates what went wrong and sees different plane crashes that would kill him instantly.

The text that changed your life? This is from his dad: “We fell. Do what you want. I love you. Dad.” As the plane carrying him, his wife, and son descended, he somehow managed to pass the last message to Julie. Julie was alone now, in a big house, lots of cars in the garage; his family fortune was with him, but his family was most likely dead. What happened after that?

Exciting things about Kamikaze:

Adapted by Johanne Algren from the novel we talked about above, the show doesn’t delve into what happened and what Julie was like before she lost her family. Not exactly; we catch a glimpse of him in the first episode, but it’s not hard to see what he’s like: special, maybe a little spoiled, without much ambition beyond the moments he’s had.

No, where it’s headed is the study of how Julie deals with grief and that she is suddenly left alone in life. In the second episode, we’ve seen him discussing it with a psychiatrist. Still, it doesn’t help if he tries to hang himself on stage during Hamlet’s school production of what he calls literary history’s “weariest”. It’s not hard to see that deaf Julie and all the rich toys available won’t bring her family back.

Do we want to see a part of Julie’s life before? Safe. He seemed close to his parents, but he didn’t go on this trip with them. Is it superficial as it may seem at first glance, or is it just a money management product? All of this will help us get to know them better.

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But we’re also intrigued by how Julie tries to cope with this tremendous loss and the version. Where she tries to survive in the desert after attempting suicide. Will this stay give him any meaning? It’s hard to say right now. As far as we know, his time in the desert is not going to end well. But it’s interesting to see that once Julie realized she wasn’t dead. She seemed to find a glimmer of hope in the endless sand.

Kamikaze covered a seemingly utterly depressing topic with a hint of humour and a hint of hope. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty sad, but Reuther’s performance makes a sad subject interesting.