Down 144,568 this week

Shadow of the Clouds (1996)
"Skyernes skygge rammer mig" (original title)

 |  Short, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 16 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Copenhagen in the 50s. Jens is a law student with a part-time job in a law firm. He lives at home and is more or less engaged to Lis. Jens' life is very regular and organized. Until he ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (short story)
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Shadow of the Clouds (1996)

Shadow of the Clouds (1996) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shadow of the Clouds.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Villum Jensen ...
Ole Lemmeke ...
Helle Merete Sørensen ...
Claus Strandberg ...
Jens' stemme, gammel (voice)
Benny Poulsen ...
Karl Bille ...
Elisabeth von Rosen ...
Kontordame (as Elisabeth Margot von Rosen)
Pernille Højmark ...
Vulgær dame (as Pernille Højmark Jensen)
Jarl Forsmann ...
Tjener (as Jarl Forsman)
Sanne Graulund ...
Ditlev Tamm ...
Sidse Ploug ...
Birgitte Winther ...
Dansende kvinde


Copenhagen in the 50s. Jens is a law student with a part-time job in a law firm. He lives at home and is more or less engaged to Lis. Jens' life is very regular and organized. Until he meets slightly older Erhard, a head clerk at the firm. Erhard lures Jens into the mysterious city night life, and from now on, Jens' life changes. The engagement is broken off and his education is neglected. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Drama





Also Known As:

Shadow of the Clouds  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent performances and solid treatment of time, place and topic
17 October 2003 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Skyernes skygge rammer mig" is the somewhat heavy title of this well-made Danish timepic. What you don't necessarily realize from the official plot summaries of this film is that its subject is that of a dark and potentially dangerous homosexual attraction. Written by author Klaus Rifbjerg, who is not a stranger to writing about homosexual topics, the film lets the young law clerk Jens delve into a nightlife he never knew before, led by the older man Erhard who is his superior at the office. It becomes clear, at least to the viewer, that Erhard is interested in more than conversations and friendship, and despite his relationship to a pretty girl his own age Jens finds himself tempted, and reluctant to cause disappointment for the man who has taken such an interest in him.

The director and the artistic team do well to create an atmosphere of the 1950s time period at issue, including many delightful details. The direction is also flawed, however, for instance when it ties the story to pictures of an aged Jens which gives, in my evaluation, an overly-ambitious structure and design for a short film of less than three quarters of an hour. Meanwhile, the lead actors and the acting direction are truly remarkable. Ole Lemmeke is precise in his portrayal of a slick man with ulterior motives and, as is hinted, a hurtful past; Tomas Villum Jensen is arguably even better in a role of much nuance. Additional parts range from bright to miscast.

Halfway through the film it struck me that I would have had a difficult time figuring out a way to end a story which follows a path towards something which could, it seems, certainly never be a happy ending, at least not for everyone involved. Indeed, the actual ending is my biggest concern with the storyline as it can perhaps be criticized for escaping climax rather than delivering it. Nevertheless, this is a fine short film which shows ambition and experience combined in good form.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Shadow of the Clouds (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: