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Denmark, 1961. Bjørn, a middle-class boy in his early teens, wants to be accepted by Steen, a bullying peer of his with wealthy but freezingly cold parents. Bjørn's other good friend is ... See full summary »

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Bille August
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Tønsberg ... Bjørn
Peter Reichhardt Peter Reichhardt ... Steen
Morten Hoff Morten Hoff ... Mulle
Lone Lindorff Lone Lindorff ... Bjørn's mother
Jens Okking ... Mulle's father
Arne Hansen Arne Hansen ... Bjørn's father
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Steen's mother
Ulrikke Bondo Ulrikke Bondo ... Kirsten (as Rikke Bondo)
Søren Frølund Søren Frølund ... Teacher 'Kaalormen'
Thomas Nielsen Thomas Nielsen ... Henning
Mette Knudsen Mette Knudsen ... Pige i købmandsforretning
Willy Jacobsen Willy Jacobsen ... Bjørn's Grandfather
Bent Raahauge Jørgensen Bent Raahauge Jørgensen ... Steen's father (as Bent Raahauge)
Helen Svanholm Helen Svanholm ... (as Helen Svanholt)
Elga Olga Svendsen Elga Olga Svendsen ... Bjørn's grandmother (as Elga Olga)
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Denmark, 1961. Bjørn, a middle-class boy in his early teens, wants to be accepted by Steen, a bullying peer of his with wealthy but freezingly cold parents. Bjørn's other good friend is Mulle, a cheerful and more childish working-class boy. All three seem friends at first, but gradually Steen starts pushing Mulle away while pulling the impressionable Bjørn with him towards more and more tragic violent behavior, fueled by frustration over his loveless home life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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En film der begynder som en hemmelig hvisken, og ender i et skrig (A film that begins as a secret whisper, and ends in a scream)

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Заппа See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Waiter on ferry: You haven't even got hair on your dick.
Steen: No, but I have hair in my ass.
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More than okay, but evidently not bespeaking the youth and families at present
3 February 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

As I know the Danish language and society, I include, from time to time, some Danish films or series into my watching list. Particularly those dealing with events before 1990ies, before my personal experience with this great nation and country. And as Bille August is one of the best known Danish directors in the world, it is logical that the time of Zappa has finally come...

Well, just recently I watched his Tro, håb og kærlighed and Pelle Erobreren so my expectations were as they were, particularly based on the film mentioned first... Again, the film in question is skilfully directed and diversely performed (particularly Adam Tønsberg as Bjørn and Morten Hoff as Mulle), plus provides a good overview of life in Danish cities around 1960 (when 1 Danish krone had a value and haircuts were funny - among other things), but the story itself is quite unbalanced, e.g. in spite of criminal elements, we see neither punishment nor the police activities, and the solution/ending is also adumbrative.

So, in my opinion, Zappa does not possess durable approaches and values and is hardly an experience for modern viewers even in Nortern Europe, not mentioning other regions. And for a nostalgia for them who were in their teens less around 15 years after World War II, it is too children/teen film to be enjoyed in full.


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