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Murk (2005)
"Mørke" (original title)

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The psychological thriller "Murk" tells the story of Jacob, who is investigating into the circumstances surrounding his sister's death on her wedding night.

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Jacob
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Anker
Laura Drasbæk ...
Nina
Lisbet Lundquist ...
Caroline (as Lisbeth Lindquist)
Lotte Bergstrøm ...
Julie
Anne Sofie Espersen ...
Sonja (as Anne Sofie Byder)
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Hanne
Morten Lützhøft ...
Carl
Lars Lunøe ...
KA Hjort
Søren Thomsen ...
Onkel Svend
Hother Bøndorff ...
Joan / Rikkes far (as Hother Bøndorf)
Ane Vinther ...
Joan / Rikkes mor
Katrine Hartmann Nielsen ...
Rikke Bjerre
Jørgen Lysemose ...
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In Copenhagen, the writer and journalist Jacob and his girlfriend Nina are surprised when his beloved sister Julie, who became handicapped after an attempt of suicide, informs that she is going to marry her Internet acquaintance Anker. However, on her wedding night, Julie commits suicide in the bathtub of the hotel, dying in the hands of Anker. After the funeral services, Anker leaves Copenhagen and while packing Julie belongings, Jacob finds a book that belongs to Anker with an obituary identical to the one Anker had written in Julie's grave. The intrigued Jacob calls Anker, but his cellular is out of service. Jacob decides to investigate the destination of Anker and finds him in the small town of Mørke in the Midden-Jutland. When he meets his former son-in-law, he finds that he is going to marry the handicapped Hanne on the next Saturday. Jacob tells Hanne's sister Sonja his fears about Anker, but neither she nor the local deputy Carl believe on his words. Jacob decides to stay for ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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While 'Mørke' is in fact a town in Jutland, Denmark, it is also the Danish word for 'Darkness'. See more »

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It's not just a city in Jutland
14 October 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Mørke... Darkness... a movie consisting of, revolving around, set in and taking place in the cover of darkness. A movie about suicide close to you, made by probably the two most fitting people in Danish show business; Nikolaj Lie Kaas, whose mother committed suicide, and whose father drowned, in what may have been a suicide, and Jannik Johansen, whose sister committed suicide. This was a necessary film to make, for both of them. And us Danes need it too, because of the message it so beautifully communicates: we're not open enough about death. It's taboo. We don't talk about it... we just don't. And that's a mistake. As a character so perfectly says it in this film: "We don't talk about death. That's why it's so hard." The plot is brilliant. It makes sense and holds water(to some extent; it will be become clear to most viewers that Jannik Johansen chose dramatic effect over realism for some parts in the film). Also, it leaves room for Kaas' character to ponder, wonder and feel guilty. Without the internal conflict of Jakob, our main character, the film wouldn't be what it is. The pacing is absolutely perfect. I was never bored for a second. The acting is flawless. Nicolas Bro and Kaas are astounding. The characters are exceptionally well-written and credible. The dialog is great. Not one line seems contrived. It's put to great use, too; in one of the first scenes, Jakob's relationship with his sister and their mother, not to mention their(or is that... our?) relationship with death. Johansen also does a great job of underplaying cinematic effects... several scenes end with an unpleasant twist that adds something entirely new to the whole scene. The whole film through, we're delved into the mystery, not knowing who to trust, or what to think. We feel Jakob's powerlessness, his panic, and his guilt. We follow his travel into his own darkness as he unravels the truth. There are several scenes of high intensity, incredible tension and great suspense. Johansen has a tendency to draw out scenes that are in actuality quite short, and with great effect. This is, in my opinion, the greatest accomplishment in Danish cinema. I recommend this film to any fan of Danish films, thrillers and/or dramas. If you think you can take it(it's definitely not for the faint of heart), you should give it a chance. There's a big chance you'll find it every bit as deep, strong and emotionally involving as I did. 10/10


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