April/3/2011

Category: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Thriller
Release Year: 2010
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Runtime: 119
Rating: (0)
Languages: Danish, Swedish, English
Director: Susanne Bier
Sound: Dolby Digital
Taglines:

  • Candy, Chicks, and Rock 'n' Roll

  • Writing by: Anders Thomas Jensen – screenplay

    Produced by: Karen Bentzon – line producer
    Peter Aalbæk Jensen – executive producer
    Sisse Graum Jørgensen – producer

    Cast: Mikael Persbrandt – Anton
    Wil Johnson – Najeeb (as Wil Johnson)
    Eddy Kimani – Patient (as Eddie Kimani)
    Emily Mulaya – Sygeplejerske
    Gabriel Muli – Læge
    June Waweru – Sygeplejerske
    Mary Ndoku Mbai – Patient
    Dynah Bereket – Gammel dame
    William Jøhnk Nielsen – Christian (as William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen)
    Ulrich Thomsen – Claus
    Elsebeth Steentoft – Signe

    Music: Johan Söderqvist
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    Plot Outline:

    The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.


    Plot: Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.

    Goofs: We know about 2 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Anton (Michael Persbrant) performs his first surgery he scratches his head/corrects the position of his mask after having put on sterile gloves thereby contaminating them and risking that the patient gets infected. A real surgeon would never do this, and if she or he did, she or he would change gloves.

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    The story that Christian reads at his mother's funeral is Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale".
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    By casting Mikael Persbrandt, Susanne Bier continues a habit of combining Danish and Swedish actors in her films, see also Rolf Lassgård in Efter brylluppet (2006), Rafael Edholm in Den eneste ene (1999) and Ghita Nørby in Pensionat Oskar (1995), among others.
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    It took just three weeks in Danish cinemas for the film to turn a profit, according to Zentropa.
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