Into the Darkness

In 1940, as industrialist Karl Skov (Jesper Christensen) and his wife Eva (Bodil Jørgensen) celebrate 25 years of marriage, the Germans invade Denmark, forcing the affluent family to make difficult decisions. A sweeping family saga, a little bit along the lines of Downton Abbey and perfect for that audience. Well acted and handsomely staged account of the occupation, even if the film might have benefited from a less polished approach. As it reaches its climax, we also realize that nothing will be resolved until the sequel comes. A rare case where a TV series might have been a better idea.

2020-Denmark. 152 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Anders Refn. Screenplay: Anders Refn, Flemming Quist Møller. Cast: Jesper Christensen (Karl Skov), Bodil Jørgensen (Eva Skov), Mads Reuther (Aksel Skov), Gustav Dyekjaer Giese, Sara Viktoria Bjerregaard Christensen, Lue Dittmann Støvelbaek…Peter Eggers, Claes Malmberg, Melinda Kinnaman.

Trivia: Original title: De forbandede år. 

 

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