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Shadow of a Hero (2015)

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A grandchild sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up the entire family for three generations.
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Credited cast:
Gustaf (voice)
Daniel Dencik ...
Lucia Munch-Petersen ...
Alan Warren ...
Civil war historian
Robert-Jan Maycock ...
Soldier from Britain
Laura Baruel ...
Ebbe Munch Larsen ...
Merchant in Gudhjem
Knud Svart ...
Bus driver
Ruth Brejnholm ...
Iris Munch-Petersen ...
Gustaf Munch-Petersen ...
Torben Brostrøm ...
Ole Sohn ...
Asger Schnack ...


Laurits Munch-Petersen sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up the entire family for three generations. "Shadow of a Hero" is a universal story about the consequences of war. A personal story about a war hero who chose to volunteer in the international brigades for his idealistic beliefs - like many other intellectuals at the time - but he left his pregnant wife and little daugther in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. Was he a hero or a coward? It's a story about the other side of the medal. The grandchild and director of the film takes us on a journey through the family secrets of three generations - a story of a wife left behind and children being abandoned by their devastated mother. All a consequence of the heroic deeds of the grandfather and his early death. Since childhood Laurits heard about his famous grandfather, but as a modern family man Laurits decides to break the taboo in order to reunite his family. ... Written by Fridthjof Film

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Touching film!
7 June 2015 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a Doxbio premiere and I was quite surprised how hard it hit me! The end was so touching even it was quite a weird genre, I still can't figure it out! It's a very personal family story that is told almost like a detective story about a grandson trying to open up his old grandmother that lives in a small island. It has a lot of humor even though the theme is so serious, I was quite surprised about that. The whole cinema was laughing many times.

It reminded me of the film Stories we tell by Sarah Polly which is also a family story told almost like it was a thriller. It seems like there is a new wave of documentary films that mix genres of reconstruction and documentary in new ways where it is difficult to know what is what.

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