Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray. At the same time, young, ambitious journalist, Ulrik Torp, is given the opportunity of a life time and made Dagbladet's correspondent in Parliament. Before long, Ulrik gets caught up in a ruthless struggle for power headed by the party's two successors to the leadership, chairman Erik Dreier and spokesman Lone Kjeldsen. Ulrik barely geets to dip his toes in the water, before all hell breaks loose. Speculation in the press and calculated lies fuel the controversy at great personal cost to many of the people involved. Ulrik slowly uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent Prime Minister. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth. But no one will listen to him, be it politicians or colleagues in the press corps, and as election day draws near, Ulrik has to face the power elite ...Written by
During a talk at a Danish high school, movie director Nikolaj Arcel said that he ask Søren Pilmark not to talk or be nice to Anders W. Bertelsen during production, because it would improve the acting (the two characters are supposed to dislike each other, the one being superior to the other). This resulted in Anders W. Bertelsen being somewhat nervous and cautious around Søren Pilmark. When shooting was done Arcel told Anders W. Bertelsen all about the secret and the two actors became friends. See more »
Excellent political thriller. Very, very well done.
This is an excellent film. Visually stunning and extremely well developed. It explores not only politic corruption, but also the ethos behind journalism and how they can sometimes be manipulated. Its characters are superbly well developed; they emotional arches are well defined and we immediately identify with the main character, who gives an excellent performance. The paralalism between Danish politicians and UK politician are unavoidable, and it definitely gets us all thinking what if this happened in the UK, who'd be who? For once, a Danish film that is not necessarily an endless weeping tragedy. It's a pleasure to watch, easy to follow and complex enough. Realistic and very interesting. It keeps you hooked from beginning to end, and I'm not Danish.
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