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The Substitute (2007) More at IMDbPro »Vikaren (original title)

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The Substitute -- The sixth grade students of a small town begin to realize that their new substitute teacher is an alien.  When the parents don't believe them they are forced to take matters in their own hands.
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The Substitute -- The sixth grade students of a small town begin to realize that their new substitute teacher is an alien. When the parents don't believe them they are forced to take matters in their own hands.


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Ole Bornedal (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 June 2007 (Denmark) 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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An excellent twist of thriller and sci-fi, 5 November 2008
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina

Sometimes,the cultural context of a movie results very interesting and it adds points to the film itself,independently of its intrinsic quality.As examples,I can mention The Art of Devil 2,a very good horror film which does not only work because of its good moments of tension and the fact that it is unpredictable,but also because of the creepy atmosphere of Thai marshes;or These Girls,a cold and mediocre romantic comedy which wins some points for its portrait of the working-class Canadian culture.Now,I can add to that list The Substitute,an excellent combination of horror and sci-fi which is very interesting for many things,specially for portraying a culture with the exact twist of urban sophistication and rural innocence.The modest premise from this film is perfectly well developed by director and co-screenwriter Ole Bornedal,whose previous movie,I Am Dina,had been very bad for its extremely boring screenplay and the pathetic performance from the main actress.Now,Bornedal has enormously redeemed himself on both fields because,as a co-screenwriter,he built an ingenious and dynamic screenplay full of black humor and,as a director,he could get a brilliant performance from the main actress,Paprika Steen,who completely becomes on her character and never seems to be acting.Also,Bornedal drove the film at a perfect rhythm and got some excellent moments of tension,whilethe movie resulted completely unpredictable to me because there were so many ingenious twists that it was impossible to predict what could happen next.Besides,the main concept behind the movie is audacious and provocative.The only fail I found on this movie was that the brief special effects did not fit with the tone and style of the movie.But,that's a minor fail.The Substitute is a brilliant movie which I recommend with a lot of enthusiasm.I clearly took a very nice surprise with this movie.

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