Tag Archives: Denmark

Skyggen af Emma / Emma’s Shadow (1988) Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Line Kruse, Börje Ahlstedt, Erik Wedersøe, Comedy, Drama

Skyggen af Emma aka Emma's Shadow (1988)
Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma’s parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her mother talking about how tragic it must be to have your child kidnapped, Emma decides to stage her own kidnapping. She soon meets Malthe, a kind-hearted, child-like, naïve sewer cleaner who literally stumbles on to her. She convinces Malthe that she is a Russian princess whose family is being chased by Bolsheviks, so Malthe lets Emma stay with him in his very modest abode. After being “kidnapped” for a few days, Emma decides to return home. But, just as she is about to return, she overhears a couple of servants talking about how her parents don’t seem to be very upset over her dilemma. She then returns to Malthe and a close bond soon develops between Emma and Malthe. Meanwhile, the police are finally called and begin their investigation. Emma writes a ransom note for $2000, and her father pays it.

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Mordets melodi / Murder Melody (1944) Bodil Ipsen, Gull-Maj Norin, Poul Reichhardt, Angelo Bruun, Crime, Drama

Mordets melodi (1944)
One rainy night between five and six happens a crime, which terrifies the inhabitants of the city. A woman is found strangled in her shop. Her name is Sonja. Shortly after another murder is committed. This time the victim is a young, flirtatious girl. But perhaps the most terrifying is that the girl’s name is also Sonja. The police is convinced it is the same killer, and at each scene is heard a woman singing the same song. A song which is soon dubbed the ‘murder melody’.

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Saraband (2003) Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Börje Ahlstedt, Drama, Music

Saraband (2003)
Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss. Staying at a cottage on the property are Johan’s son Henrik and Henrik’s daughter Karin. Henrik is giving his daughter cello lessons and already sees her future as staked out. Relations between father and son are very strained, but both are protective of Karin. They are all still mourning Anna, Henrik’s much-loved wife, who died two years ago, yet who, in many ways, remains present among them. Marianne soon realizes that things are not all as they should be, and she finds herself unwillingly drawn into a complicated and upsetting power struggle.

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Hamsun (1996) Jan Troell, Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Anette Hoff, Biography, Drama, War

Hamsun (1996)
Knut Hamsun is Norway’s most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway on April 9, 1940, he welcomes them and the protection they can give from Great Britain. He supports the national socialist ideals, but opposes the way these ideals are turned into action – that Norwegians are jailed and executed. His wife Marie travels in Germany during the war as a sign of support from Knut and herself.

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En familie / A Family (2010) Pernille Fischer Christensen, Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Pilou Asbæk, Drama

En familie (2010)
Ditte (Lene Maria Christensen) owns a gallery, has a loving boyfriend (Pilou Asbæk) and her dream job in New York is within reach. But Ditte is also the youngest generation of the famous bakery dynasty, Rheinwald, and when her beloved, but dominating father (Jesper Christensen) comes down with a serious illness, Ditte is faced with the grueling decision: To pursue her own dreams, or to continue the legacy of her family. A Family is a moving and modern story about complicated family ties, the new wife, the new kids – and about following your dreams to find your own place in history.

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Mifunes sidste sang / Mifune’s Last Song (1999) Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Iben Hjejle, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt, Romance, Comedy, Drama

Mifunes sidste sang (1999)
Kresten has moved from his parents farm on a small Danish island to Copenhagen in order to pursue his working career. When his father dies he has to move back to the farm, where nothing much has happened since he left. He places an add in the local newspaper to get help running the farm and taking care of his mentally disabled brother. The whore Liva, who is running away from annoying telephone calls, answers it. But running away from your past isn’t easy.

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