January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

Stine Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen

Kira (Stengade), a wife and mother, returns home after a stay at a psychiatric hospital. She and her attractive businessman husband (Mikkelsen) at first try to pretend that all is back to normal in this disquieting Danish drama (with English subtitles), but soon the facade starts crumbling. Kira has her reasons for staying crazy.

In most Hollywood films about mental illness, all is resolved happily with the help of a caring psychiatrist. Not so here, making Kira all the more fascinating. Stengade, in her film debut, gives a haunting knockout of a performance. (Not rated)

BOTTOM LINE: Intriguing look at a woman on the verge

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