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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen-Lise Mynster ...
Sofie
Ghita Nørby ...
Frederikke
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Sofie's Father
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Hojby
Torben Zeller ...
Jonas
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Frederick Philipson
Stig Hoffmeyer ...
Gottlieb
Kirsten Rolffes ...
Jonas' Mother
Lotte Hermann ...
Aunt Pulle
Jonas Oddermose ...
Aron age 3
David Naym ...
Aron age 7
Jacob Allon ...
Aron age 12
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Aron age 18
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Rose Philipson
Sanne Grangaard ...
Fanny Philipson
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From 1886 to 1907 in the life of Sofie, a Jew in Copenhagen who is nearly 29, with no marital prospects, living with her loving parents. An artist, Hans Hojby, meets Sofie and is entranced, asking to paint her parents and also sketching her. She's responds, but he's not Jewish, and the family reacts by encouraging a marriage to Jonas, a homely draper. Sofie accepts this plan, accompanying her new husband to his town and bearing a son. As he withdraws in mental illness, Sofie begins an affair with his brother, and later returns to live with her parents. A confrontation with Hojby is inevitable as is her son's growing into adulthood and forming his own ideas about religion. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best European films of the 90's
15 February 2004 | by (Somewhere in Europe) – See all my reviews

A bittersweet, poetic story on the ephemeral nature of life, with all its loves and losses.

Those who have read Liv's memoirs (highly recommended!) will recognise some of the unforgettable sentences that convey her bewilderment at the swiftness of man's passage through this life.

As another reviewer said, Bergman would be - and possibly was - very proud of this film. It has all of his strengths, but none of his conceits, which makes it more accessible without diluting its depth. I do feel, however, that it would be unfair and inaccurate to place too much emphasis on Bergman's influence. The insights that constitute the "heart" and mind of this narrative are Liv's and Liv's alone. (Again, read her memoirs, written many years before this film, to see what I mean.)

A wonderful - and, I feel, grossly underrated - film.


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