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Ole Bornedal (screenplay)
Henrik Prip (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 June 2007 (Denmark) See more »
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3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Paprika Steen ... Ulla Harms

Ulrich Thomsen ... Jesper Osböll
Jonas Wandschneider ... Carl
Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok ... Phillip
Emma Juel Justesen ... Rikke
Mollie Maria Gilmartin ... Lotte
Josephine Gents ... Camilla (as Josephine Wormslew Gents)
Emma Claudia Søndergaard ... Laura
Jakob Fals Nygaard ... Albert
Andreas Gram Nielsen ... Tobias
Mathias Peter Kjær ... Malthe

Sonja Richter ... Maria
Peter Hesse Overgaard ... Skoleinspektør Maele
Henrik Prip ... Psykolog Claus
Olivia Stenderup Garre ... Sofie

Sofie Gråbøl ... Carls Mor
Cecilia Zwick-Nash ... Phillip's Mor (as Cecilia Zwick Nash)
Niels Anders Thorn ... Phillip's Far

Vibeke Hastrup ... Albert's Mor
Lars Bom ... Albert's Far
Joy-Maria Frederiksen ... Lotte's Mor
Jørgen Bing ... Lotte's Far
Mette Kolding ... Camilla's Mor
Peter Oliver Hansen ... Camilla's Far
Helle Dolleris ... Tobias' Mor
Peter Aude ... Tobias' Far
Ulf Pilgaard ... Undervisningsminister
Hans Holtegaard ... Hønsefarmeren
Holger Juul Hansen ... Fortæller (voice)
Signe Kjærgaard Jensen ... Klasse Elev
Gaia Sien Christoffersen ... Klasse Elev
Sarah Charlotte Bjørn ... Klasse Elev
Nikita Beensimon Rossing ... Klasse Elev
Pernille Holt ... Klasse Elev
Andreas Buchtrup Andersen ... Klasse Elev
Oskar Emil Prip ... Klasse Elev
Gustav Meiling Madsen ... Klasse Elev
Thomas Bugge Visholm ... Klasse Elev
Malthe Frøkjær Rubbås ... Klasse Elev (as Malthe Frøkjær-Rubbås)
Benjamin Thorup Arnfred ... Klasse Elev (as Benjamin Arnfred Thorup)
Kurt Strand ... Kurt Strand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Larsen ... Signes far (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... The Headmaster (uncredited)
Lars Mogelberg ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ole Bornedal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ole Bornedal  screenplay
Henrik Prip  screenplay

Produced by
Michael Obel .... producer
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Krag 
Casting by
Karin Jagd 
Production Design by
Marie í Dali 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eigil Jacobsen .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Greve .... props
Magnus Kasting .... set dresser
Christoffer Krustrup .... prop runner
Sound Department
Nino Jacobsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Nino Jacobsen .... supervising sound editor
Roar Skau Olsen .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Sam Bassett .... digital compositor
Lars Brok .... digital compositor
Troels Hoe .... digital compositor
Michael Holm .... digital compositor
James Hunt .... animator
Kasper Jansen .... senior 3D artist
Morten Kjær Jensen .... animator
Patrick O'Casey .... digital compositor
Daniel Silwerfeldt .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Thuresson .... digital compositor
Tonni Zinck .... 3D supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Aavatsmark .... still photographer
Christopher Bonnor .... clapper loader
Jesper Find .... first assistant camera
Ian Hansen .... director of photography: second unit
Karsten Jacobsen .... pro-Steadicam operator
Jimmy Leavens .... key grip: second unit
Josef Lopez .... lighting technician
Katrín Björk Sævarsdóttir .... clapper loader
Editorial Department
Henrik Bloch-Hansen .... assistant editor
Tina Dradrach .... post-production coordinator
Michael Frank Nielsen .... film color timer
Music Department
William Boston .... orchestrator
Nicolas Koch Futtrup .... music supervisor (as Nicolas Koch)
Peter Juul Kristensen .... scoring engineer
Peter Juul Kristensen .... scoring mixer
Jørgen Lauritsen .... music recording producer
Jørgen Lauritsen .... music supervisor
Jørgen Lauritsen .... orchestrator
Thomas Lester .... music editor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Marcus Trumpp .... orchestrator
Other crew
Henrik Bergqvist .... extras coordinator
Mads Kjær Christoffersen .... location scout
Magnus Thorstholm Jensen .... runner
Liv Lynge .... post technical coordinator
David Pollison .... acquisition consultant for Ghost House Underground

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vikaren" - Denmark (original title)
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Rated R for language
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

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Revealing mistakes: The earth globe seen from space in the beginning and the end of the film is falsely mirrored.See more »
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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Paprika Goddess!, 21 August 2008
Author: till-kleinert from Germany

A quite simple kids movie plot gets elevated to hilarious heights by the truly inspired casting of Paprika Steen as Ulla Harms, the substitute who dares to say and do all the things some of the more cynical teachers in this world only dream of. Steen's trademark Dogme-trained nuanced, natural acting this time only serves as a masquerade for a flat-out over-the-top monster, and you can see how much wicked fun she has switching between those two faces, proving her impressive emotional outbursts and character quirks to be nothing but a cold, calculated lie within the blink of an eye.

The other actors do fine, too, as only Danish actors can. The kids are not annoying, even if they have to scream and be cute occasionally. Our hero Carl manages to be a sympathetic if troubled young man, my only nit-picking being that he might be a bit too self-consciously handsome to really convince as the class weirdo and outsider. Also, his love story with the new girl remains a bit under-developed. But hey, they're teenagers, love comes and goes quickly at that age, I guess.

The film is a great fun romp from start to finish, never buried under the weight of its kid-friendly message, and comes highly recommended. As stated before, Paprika Steen deserves prizes and kudos for what she does. And Ole Bornedal keeps the promise he made with Nightwatch. Mainstream family cinema doesn't get much better than this.

P.S.: The only real letdown: right at the beginning of the end credits there is a high school prom dance scene that is totally out of tune with the rest of the film. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to be 'cool' with the young audience in a way the film otherwise thankfully doesn't feel the need to be.

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