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In this visual masterpiece and first Oscar nominated Danish film, young teacher Eva arriving in Greenland, surprising her fiancée in the arms of a woman. Seeking refuge, she meets a man also carrying a broken heart in the scenic landscape.

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Erik Balling

Writer:

Leck Fischer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Poul Reichhardt ... Jens Lauritzen
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Eva Nygaard
Gunnar Lauring Gunnar Lauring ... Marius Mariboe
Randi Michelsen Randi Michelsen ... Fru Mariboe
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ... Dr. Erik Halsøe
Kirsten Rolffes Kirsten Rolffes ... Sygeplejerske Kirsten Prage
Niels Platou Niels Platou ... Pavia
Dorthe Reimer Dorthe Reimer ... Naja
Justus Larsen Justus Larsen ... Nuka
Johanne Larsen Johanne Larsen ... Cæcilie
Edward Sivertsen Edward Sivertsen ... Zakarias
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In this visual masterpiece and first Oscar nominated Danish film, young teacher Eva arriving in Greenland, surprising her fiancée in the arms of a woman. Seeking refuge, she meets a man also carrying a broken heart in the scenic landscape.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Greenlandic

Release Date:

6 November 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec z Grenlandii See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenland

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Budget:

DKK 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First Danish film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. See more »

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Beautiful in several ways
4 February 2014 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Greenland, with its rich culture(and this goes into both positives and negatives of it, when something like this often ignores one altogether), fascinating language and warm-hearted people. No prior knowledge of any of those are necessary to appreciate this - most of it can be inferred(the level of detail is immense, with almost nothing having to be explained to the audience, as this requires the plot take a break). Eva(Villaume, sweet, she doesn't put up with any crap) travels there to meet her fiancée, only to find that he's with someone else. She stays with Jens(Reichhardt, lonely and business-like), both of them hoping that the next boat home comes as soon as possible. At the same time, the relationship between the natives Pavia and Naja thrives. But maybe things will change...

The clever approach to this setting(which makes for amazing, scenic shots) is to weave it into a traditional Western story. A primitive society is quite different from a so-called civilized one, so this tells one plot from each, parallel to each other. Balling was an impeccable director even at this point - the characters are all credible, both genders are strong and the development is so invisibly organic. All of the acting is great, there isn't a poor performance to be found, regardless of age or ethnicity. Dialog, music, script, all of it rather well-done. The title translates to "peak wanderer", which is what a man who has suffered great shame may become... one who walks into the hostile nature, to certain death. This comes with subtitles in either of the spoken languages, although we Danes can follow it without any.

There is some disturbing and bloody content in this. The DVD comes with a 7 minute interview with the cameraman, 3 minute restoration examples and trailers for De Frigjorte, Det Store Flip and this. I recommend this to any fan of drama and/or romance, as well as anyone interested in the island. 8/10


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