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Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 10 January 1955 (Denmark)
Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.



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Uncredited cast:
Hanne Aagesen ...
Karen (uncredited)
Kirsten Andreasen ...
Sylvia Eckhausen ...
Kirstin Petersen (uncredited)
Birgitte Federspiel ...
Inger Borgen (uncredited)
Ejner Federspiel ...
Peter Petersen (uncredited)
Ann Elisabeth Groth ...
Maren Borgen (uncredited)
Emil Hass Christensen ...
Mikkel Borgen (uncredited)
Cay Kristiansen ...
Anders Borgen (uncredited)
Preben Lerdorff Rye ...
Johannes Borgen (uncredited)
Henrik Malberg ...
Morten Borgen (uncredited)
Gerda Nielsen ...
Anne Petersen (uncredited)
Ove Rud ...
Pastor (uncredited)
Susanne Rud ...
Lilleinger Borgen (uncredited)
Henry Skjær ...
The Doctor (uncredited)
Edith Trane ...
Mette Maren (uncredited)


How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who's rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor's daughter. The fundamentalist sect of the girl's father is anathema to Borgen's traditional Lutheranism; he opposes the marriage until the tailor forbids it, then Borgen's pride demands that it happen. Unexpectedly, Inger, who is the family's sweetness and light, has problems with her pregnancy. The rational doctor arrives, and a long night brings sharp focus to at least four views of faith. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Selected by the Vatican in the "religion" category of its list of 45 "great films." See more »


Morten Borgen: And the rest of us, all the rest of us, we go straight down to hell to eternal torments, don't we? Yes, that's what you think, isn't it?
Peter Petersen: Yes. Words, words, you have them all right.
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Magical to say the least
9 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Look I don't know how much the average person can watch this. They are bound to sleep through it as the apostles did as they waited for Christ to finish praying in the olive garden. Personally I watched it twice so far and am bound to watch it again. Every crook and cranny of this film is well studied. For me this is up there with Kubrick's 2001, believe it or not. To the average person it can tend to look boring lest one know how to read between the lines, and yet its so simple and beautiful, I've witnessed the ultimate skeptics(regarding God and religion) get engulfed in this film and enjoy it. I don't need to start bragging on about this film and mention every detail you can find in other very good critiques when you search about this film online, its the ultimate to me and definitely files in my Top 10. I seriously recommend this film to those truly searching meaning in life. This beats any trip to India at the end of the day, if only you had the patience to watch it through. Not only that you are going to need a spiritual microscope. Yes believe the truth can be told, for it to be understood it must be believed.

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