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Emma's Shadow (1988)

Skyggen af Emma (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 February 1988 (Denmark)
Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Line Kruse Line Kruse ... Emma Zülow
Börje Ahlstedt ... Malthe Eliasson
Erik Wedersøe Erik Wedersøe ... Policeman
Søren Østergaard Søren Østergaard ... Policeman
Bent N. Steinert Bent N. Steinert ... Gustav
Ken Vedsegaard Ken Vedsegaard ... Albert
Henrik Larsen Henrik Larsen ... Merchant Zülow, Emma's Father
Inge Sofie Skovbo Inge Sofie Skovbo ... Emma's Mother
Ulla Henningsen Ulla Henningsen ... Ruth
Jesper Christensen ... Poul, Zülow's chauffeur
Sanne Grangaard Sanne Grangaard ... Rosa
Pernille Hansen Pernille Hansen ... Lise
Otto Brandenburg Otto Brandenburg ... Tage Vilse
Lene Vedsegård Lene Vedsegård ... Dorthe
Hardy Rafn Hardy Rafn ... Police inspector
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Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her mother talking about how tragic it must be to have your child kidnapped, Emma decides to stage her own kidnapping. She soon meets Malthe, a kindhearted, child-like, naïve sewer cleaner who literally stumbles on to her. She convinces Malthe that she is a Russian princess whose family is being chased by Bolsheviks, so Malthe lets Emma stay with him in his very modest abode. After being "kidnapped" for a few days, Emma decides to return home. But, just as she is about to return, she overhears a couple of servants talking about how her parents don't seem to be very upset over her dilemma. She then returns to Malthe, and a close bond soon develops between Emma and Malthe. Meanwhile, the police are finally called and begin their investigation. Emma writes a ransom note for $2,000, and her father pays it. ... Written by <CParker@FowlerSoftware.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Awards: Young Audience Special Award (Cannes International Film Festival, 1988)./ Best Film Award (Laon Film Festival, France, 1989). See more »

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Beautifully filmed and sensitive. A truly fine film!
13 March 2009 | by naturalbohemianSee all my reviews

This film truly deserves 5 stars plus. It is beautiful, thought provoking and poignant. The acting is superb, especially on the part of the obviously talented Danish actress Line Kruse, who plays the role of a willful, spoiled and materially indulged child. She is also spiritually and emotionally starved by her distant and self absorbed parents. After staging her own kidnapping, she stumbles upon a simple Swedish ex-con and sewer worker (acted wonderfully by Borje Ahlstedt)who is basically viewed as a social outcast amongst his fellow workers and neighbors. The tender friendship that ensues between the two social opposites is extremely touching. The setting for this Danish film is during the 1930's and it captures the period in beautiful style. I own this movie on VHS and am hoping that it will be released on DVD sometime soon. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves meaningful and beautiful movies.


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Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

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