Tag Archives: Denmark

Der Frosch mit der Maske / Fellowship of the Frog (1959) Harald Reinl, Joachim Fuchsberger, Elfie von Kalckreuth, Jochen Brockmann, Crime, Thriller

Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by the frog icons painfully tatooed onto the forearms of his henchmen. The trail leads to the country manor of an enigmatic, steely-eyed nabob, whose repressed son has eyes for the artistes at the Lolita cabaret, and whose lovely daughter captures the fancy of both the American playboy and the villain himself. Murder, kidnapping and seduction ensue.

Read More »

O’ Horten (2007) Bent Hamer, Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Comedy, Drama

o-horten-2007
A picaresque tale. Odd Horton is dependable and contained: he’s a train engineer retiring after 40 years of service, living a simple life. His idea of adventure is to fly from one city in Norway to another. Starting on the night of his retirement dinner, Odd has a series of dislocating experiences: a boy insists that Odd sit by his bedside while he falls asleep; misadventure causes Odd to miss his last run; he witnesses an arrest; he assists an old man and makes a friend; he takes a trip with a blindfolded driver; he adopts a dog; he takes stock late one night at the roundhouse; he revisits his mother’s disappointment in him. How should he live the rest of his life?

Read More »

Nøgle hus spejl / Key House Mirror (2015) Michael Noer, Ghita Nørby, Sven Wollter, Trine Pallesen, Drama, Romance

noegle-hus-spejl-aka-key-house-mirror-2015
Lily and Max have been married for more than 50 years. Now they live together in a nursing home, where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. Lily has been putting her own needs aside and is desperately longing for excitement and intimacy in her life. When a man known as “the Pilot” moves in next door, Lily is immediately charmed by him and his passion for life. But neither her family nor the other residents at the nursing home are fond of her new acquaintance. Misunderstood by her family and trapped in her life with Max, Lily decides to fight to escape the bars of her invisible prison and claim her freedom.

Read More »

Sønner av Norge / Sons of Norway (2011) Jens Lien, Sven Nordin, Åsmund Høeg, Sonja Richter, Drama

sons-of-norway
It’s not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party… One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son Nikolaj hit the wall in their new terrace house in Rykkinn. Magnus is an architect, hippie and free spirit, a glaring exception in a community where equality and conformity is the norm. He always stands up for his son, supporting him unconditionally, even when Nikolaj decides to stop giving a damn. SONS OF NORWAY is a film about rebellion, punk rock, suburban hell and the struggle between freaks and punks. But most of all, it’s the story of an unusual father-son relationship, and about the strength of the bonds we sometimes do our best to rip apart.

Read More »

Adams æbler / Adam’s Apples (2005) Anders Thomas Jensen, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Comedy, Crime, Drama

adams-apples-2005
Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He’s odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he’s at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan’s thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan’s faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan’s insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution’s spring.

Read More »

After the Wedding / Efter brylluppet (2006) Susanne Bier, Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Art-house, Drama

After the Wedding (2006)
Jacob Petersen has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened by closure, he receives an unusual offer. A Danish businessman, Jørgen, offers him a donation of $4 million dollars. There are, however, certain conditions… Not only must Jacob return to Denmark, he must also take part in the wedding of Jørgen’s daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life.

Read More »

Mikres eleftheries / Minor Freedoms (2008) Costas Zapas, Antonis Papadopoulos, Marlen Saites, Alexandros Tountas, Drama

Minor Freedoms (2008)
Set in the Greek highlands, the story presents a violent, domineering man who deals in the trafficking of emigrants and young, Balkan prostitutes. Addicted to drugs and mentally unstable, the man’s teenage daughter Fanny succumbs to her father’s violence and ends up working for him as a prostitute. The man also wishes to prostitute his young son, the immature Christos, who is dominated by his father’s violence and engages in suicidal behavior. There is a special bond between brother and sister, who have only each other, yet no one admits this. Fanny falls apart day by day but the father maintains his reign as Christos, however, resists. “But in the kingdom of the father, the last word belongs to the king,”

Read More »

Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn / In the Sign of the Sagittarius (1978) Werner Hedman, Ole Søltoft, Poul Bundgaard, Karl Stegger, Adult, Comedy

I skyttens tegn AKA In the Sign of the Sagittarius (1978)
Secret Albanian rocket plans worth 10 million have been stolen – and Albanian, Chinese, Russian and Danish agents converge on Tangier to recover them. The thieves have hidden the microfilm in one of four make-up compacts – the other three are booby-trapped. They are soon eliminated, and Danish agent KB Andersen scoops up the compacts during a brawl in the nightclub. He hides them among the passengers on his flight back to Copenhagen. One compact explodes in Customs, and the other three are distributed among a doctor, a fashion model, and a stewardess – making them the targets of the various agents.

Read More »