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A Second Chance (2014)

En chance til (original title)
A conscientious police officer who investigates a violent case of domestic dispute in the squalid apartment of a drug addict has to make the most contemptible decision in his life. Just how far would a parent go to get a second chance?

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writers:

Susanne Bier (story), Anders Thomas Jensen (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Andreas
Ulrich Thomsen ... Simon
Roland Møller ... Mand på klub
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Tristan
Maria Bonnevie ... Anna Thomsen
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Klaus
Molly Blixt Egelind ... Pige på klub
Peter Haber ... Gustav
Ewa Fröling ... Ingrid
Sarah Juel Werner ... Pige på legeplads
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Retsmediciner
Charlotte Fich ... Dommer
Mille Lehfeldt ... Østeuropæisk danser
Ole Dupont ... Begravelsesgæst
Claus Riis Østergaard ... Betjent på parkeringsplads
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Storyline

How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? With "A Second Chance", Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have crafted another startling yet moving drama about how easily we lose our grasp on justice, when confronted with the unthinkable, and life as we know it is hanging by a thread. Written by Anonymous

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How far would you go?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Second Chance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK35,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,468,099
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was model May Anderson's first acting role. Suzanne Bier met her at a party and cast her as Sanne. She resisted making Anderson audition because she thought the audition would be bad, but that Anderson would be right for the role. See more »

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Picturesque Drama
14 May 2017 | by lornespry-72116See all my reviews

I think this is a very good film, but I can understand how it struck negative chords with kevjfarrell (see the above review). There is a pedestrian quality about the plot. In some places we can almost imagine the filming of a scene. Transitions are seamless, but they have a seemingly manufactured quality about them. Perhaps it is all a matter of a frame of mind. Perhaps I am tired of guns, noise, furious action and the hyperventilating in today's popular entertainment. So I just let myself go and became immersed in the drama.

I disagree with Mr Farrell in regards to the acting. Far from seeing it as sophomoric posturing for entry into film school, I found it natural, gripping and well-paced. In a word, realistic.

I have noted that photography has not been mentioned in the above reviews. The camera is very much a part of this film. The cinematography contains a full pallet of colour and texture with intriguing, grainless resolution and depth of field. Scenes shift between chromatic hues to almost monochrome where light and shadow replace contrasting colour. You are neither jarred nor bullied by these changes. There is a gentleness, which is complimentary to the subject.

The argument in the film is staged by gentleness vs violence, understanding and compassion vs reactive predilection. It is difficult to rate this film on a purely technical level. It could be rated less than my 8, and it could be rated more highly. I'll settle on 8 and just say that I am very glad I watched this film, and I hope to watch it again. I recommend the Danish version with subtitles.


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