Aicha, a high-school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn’t inspire her. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. A boy, Emil, helps Aicha train for the club championship and they fall in love. But the rules of life are not as simple as the rules of kung fu, and Aicha is forced to decide who she is and what she wants.
Tag Archives: Danish
Tree of Knowledge / Kundskabens træ (1981) Nils Malmros, Eva Gram Schjoldager, Jan Johansen, Line Arlien-Søborg, Drama
A satire, psychological drama and comedy rolled into one, director Erik Clausen’s Villa Paranoia adeptly draws upon rich characters, who demonstrate the values and strength of the human heart, to create a portrait of Denmark today.
The Commune / Kollektivet (2016) Thomas Vinterberg, Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Drama, Family
Erik, a lecturer in architecture, inherits his father’s large old house in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen. His wife Anna, a well-known television newscaster, suggests that they invite their friends to come and live with them. In this way she hopes to evade the boredom that has begun to seep into their marriage. Before long, a dozen women, men and children move into the country house, make collective decisions, engage in discussions and go swimming together in the nearby Øresund strait. They also rub each other up the wrong way on account of their smaller and larger idiosyncrasies. Their fragile equilibrium threatens to come undone when Erik falls in love with his student Emma and the young woman moves into the house. Fourteen-year-old Freja, daughter of Erik and Anna, aloofly observes these goings-on and seeks her own way.
Without a Stitch / Uden en trævl (1968) Annelise Meineche, Anne Grete Nissen, Ib Mossin, Joan Gamst, Comedy, Drama, Erotic
When a high-school girl complains of her inability to reach sexual climax, her doctor suggests that she keep a diary of her sexual encounters. She does just that and soon finds herself caught up in a sexual merry-go-round that includes making a hardcore porno film in Sweden, an escapade with a German sadist and a lesbian encounter.
I dine hænder / In Your Arms (2015) Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, Lisa Carlehed, Peter Plaugborg, Johanna Wokalek, Verena Bosshard, Drama
Maria is a young and caring nurse who wants to break free. Niels is an incurable patient who wants to travel to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. Together they embark on an intense journey that will bring them closer to each other but also closer to their dreams.
For My Brother / For Min Brors Skyld (2014) Brian Bang, Elias Munk, Christopher Friis Jensen, Allan Karlsen, Drama
The two brothers Aske (17 years old) and Bastian (12 years old) live with their father, Lasse. Their mother died seven years earlier. Every day they live in a world where fear, violence and alcohol are huge factors, but where the brothers’ strong and close relationship means everything. Aske’s fight for survival means that he has to serve his father’s sexual needs, which include abuse from the father, but also from paying customers and the father’s friend Hans (who has a lot of contacts in the pedophile environment). Aske tries everything to keep his little brother out of it all so that he won’t experience the same as himself. But one day Bastian is abused by their father and Aske’s entire world is about to fall apart. The brothers choose to move to Norway, far away in the beautiful mountains. Their friendship outshines everything! They are together and far away from their evil father… Yet one morning everything is turned upside down and suddenly their fate from home is brought to Norway, which has fatal consequences for both brothers…
When Animals Dream / Når dyrene drømmer (2014) Jonas Alexander Arnby, Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Drama, Horror, Mystery
The outsider Marie lives with her parents in a remote fishing village on the north coast of Denmark. She has no one to confide in other than her work colleague Daniel, who is fascinated by her wild nature. As the two gradually become closer, Marie begins to experience strange changes to her body: Hair begins to sprout where it shouldn’t, and the young woman is increasingly overcome by an uncontrollable animalistic aggression. Marie begins to look into her hitherto hushed-up family history for answers… This atmospheric werewolf thriller from Denmark was one of the hidden gems at this year’s Cannes Festival.
Ditte Menneskebarn / Ditte, Child of Man (1946) Bjarne Henning-Jensen, Tove Maës, Karen Poulsen, Rasmus Ottesen, Drama
Ditte is born out of wedlock and lives as a young girl with her old beloved grandmother. As an illegitimate child she is teased in school and more than anything in the world she wants a father. When steady – utterly reliable – herring dealer Lars Petter shows up and tells her that he is marrying Ditte’s mother, the little girl is very happy. Now Ditte must take care of three new sisters and brothers but gets nothing but complaints from her ungrateful, selfish mother. But the little girl finds consolation and support in both her sisters and brothers and Lars Petter.