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Selvmordsskolen (1964)

Bizarre satiric tale about an ordinary Danish man disappointed in life and the welfare system. Close to a total collapse he decides to take the easy way out. He seeks help at Doctor X, head... See full summary »


Knud Leif Thomsen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jørgen Ryg Jørgen Ryg ... Mand der ønsker at begå selvmord
Axel Strøbye Axel Strøbye ... Professor / Bilsælger
Hans W. Petersen Hans W. Petersen ... Bedemanden S.S. Markussen
Bodil Udsen Bodil Udsen ... Sundhedsplejerske
Tina Nørløv Tina Nørløv ... Kvinde der reklamerer i tv
Judy Gringer Judy Gringer ... Sekretær for professoren
Helle Hertz Helle Hertz ... Frk. Hansen
Lone Hertz Lone Hertz ... Kvinde der studerer sex-stillinger
Harald Isenstein Harald Isenstein ... Kunstner
Minna Jørgensen Minna Jørgensen ... Mor
Palle Huld Palle Huld ... Far
Kirsten Walther Kirsten Walther ... Datter
Preben Kaas Preben Kaas ... Søn
Morten Grunwald ... Søn
Paul Hagen Paul Hagen ... Taler foran Folketinget


Bizarre satiric tale about an ordinary Danish man disappointed in life and the welfare system. Close to a total collapse he decides to take the easy way out. He seeks help at Doctor X, head of a suicide school that guarantees 100% efficiency. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

30 March 1964 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Escola de bem gozar a vida See more »

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Palladium Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Surprisingly good movie, with many memorable scenes
4 January 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This movie surprised me, and perhaps I'm going to give this movie more praise than it deserved. It's a mostly forgotten movie, and I only stumbled over it by chance. It is about a man who is lonely, unhappy and struggling to find his place in the world. It's a surreal film, but it follows the emotional journey the main character is on in a mostly straight forward way.

The movie is an obvious critique of modern life. It is at time maybe a bit too heavy handed, but I found myself forgiving it for it. One scene is a modern art exhibit where three balloons, representing faith, hope and love, are popped as they are not to the audience's liking. Another scene has a classical pianist being interrupted by a man claiming to play modern and true music - and doing so by chopping the piano to pieces with an axe. This theme runs though the entire movie, along with themes of loneliness, isolation and loss of identity.

I was surprised by how much I liked the visuals in this movie. It has some really nice shots, that would probably look gorgeous in an HD restoration (as compared to the VHS-quality I saw this in). The soundtrack (partly by the marvelous Fabricius-Bjerre) was also mostly good.

Now, lots of praise, but I also have to mention: this movie is probably about 20 minutes too long. Several scenes started to drag after a while, and I found myself getting bored several times throughout.

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