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Tro, håb og kærlighed (1984)

Denmark, 1963: Teenagers Bjørn and Erik are into girls and being in a band helps Bjørn meet Anna. Erik likes Kirsten but she likes Bjørn. Having a mentally ill mom at home also ruins Erik's chances. Anna's pregnancy changes everything.

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Bille August
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Tønsberg ... Bjørn
Lars Simonsen ... Erik
Camilla Søeberg ... Anna
Ulrikke Bondo Ulrikke Bondo ... Kirsten
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Erik's father
Aase Hansen Aase Hansen ... Erik's mother (as Åse Hansen)
Arne Hansen Arne Hansen ... Bjørns father
Lone Lindorff Lone Lindorff ... Bjørn's mother
Thomas Nielsen Thomas Nielsen ... Bjørn's littlebrother Henning
Malene Schwartz ... Kirsten's mother
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Kirsten's father
Helle Spangaard Helle Spangaard ... Kirsten's sister Inge
Kurt Ravn ... Kurt
Grethe Mogensen Grethe Mogensen ... Anna's mother
Elga Olga Svendsen Elga Olga Svendsen ... Bjørn's grandmother (as Elga Olga)
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Storyline

Danish teens come of age in 1963. Bjorn and Erik are close friends. Bjorn is pursued by Kirsten, a future Stepford wife, but he falls for Anna, who initiates him into love and sex. Erik is somber, caring for his home-bound mentally-ill mother while his strict father rules his life. He desires Kirsten, but she's unattainable. Pregnancy, a horrific abortion, an engagement party, and a revelation about the rectitude of Erik's father lead to a climax: Bjorn and Erik must stand up to controlling adults. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist and Shout See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Twist and Shout
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Written by Phil Medley & Bert Berns
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excellent washington post review
31 August 2002 | by pschwiesowSee all my reviews

This film is the highest grossing film of all time in Denmark, where it was made. There must be a reason, yet I've never read a review that comes close to understanding the mood and intent of the film. Ebert's, for instance, is a joke and an embarrassment.

Ever seeking to see justice done to this superb film, I poked around some other sites and finally found a fair, thorough, thoughtful review. If you're interested, you might run a quick search for a review by Hal Hinson in The Washington Post back in 1987. Hinson describes "Twist and Shout" as "a buoyant, moody work" -- and, as anyone who's spent much time in Denmark can attest, that description might serve as well as any to describe the national character.


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