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Kongekabale (2004)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 1 October 2004 (Denmark)
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... See full summary »

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Nikolaj Arcel

Writers:

Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... Ulrik Torp
Søren Pilmark ... Erik Dreier Jensen
Nastja Arcel Nastja Arcel ... Lone Kjeldsen
Nicolas Bro ... Henrik Moll
Lars Mikkelsen ... Peter Schou
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Gunnar Torp
Charlotte Munck Charlotte Munck ... Mette Torp
Lars Brygmann ... Mads Kjeldsen
Helle Fagralid ... Signe Jonsen
Jesper Langberg Jesper Langberg ... Aksel Bruun
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Per Vestgaard
Kurt Ravn ... John Erhardsen
Bjarne Henriksen ... Bo Andersen
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Søren Agergaard
Clara Maria Bahamondes Clara Maria Bahamondes ... Julie Torp
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tredje makten See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Ulrik Torp: What does a 22 year old guy want most in the whole world?
Henrik Moll: I don't know... pussy?
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Alternate Versions

Aired on Danish TV in 2007 in a three-episode mini series version with new editing and new scenes. See more »

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Lost You Forever
Composed by Ken Lending (as Kenn Lending)
Performed by Kenn Lending Blues Band
From the album Heartache Motel
Olufsen Records 1993 (DOC5114)
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Unusually well-produced and important Danish film... but not without flaws
9 October 2005 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I didn't expect a lot from this film... I just knew it was a Danish thriller about some political situation, and that it had gotten mostly positive reviews. Being somewhat unimpressed by Danish cinema, I didn't really give it much of a chance to grab me... yet it managed to do so. For at least the last two-thirds of this film, I was hanging by every single line spoken and every detail on screen. It's unusually well-made, not only for a Danish film. I'm impressed that this is Nikolaj Arcel's first movie as a director; he does a marvelous job. The film contains a very accurate and realistic portrayal of politics in a democratic country. As such, it's actually quite unnerving... the thought that something like what is shown in this film can actually take place. The very last line of the film holds more truth than the combined efforts of plenty of less intelligent writers. The plot is interesting. The pace is very good, you're never really bored. The visuals and cinematography are perfect, not too simple, but not flashy, either. The acting is top-notch in all cases. The dialog is well-written and equally well-delivered. The finale is one of the best pieces of storytelling on film I've seen for a while. Now, despite all these positive things I've written so far, this film does have some rather big flaws. First off, it's plot-driven, yet the story and concept would have done much better with a character-driven film. All characters are used as plot devices; they exist to drive the plot further, to tell the story, rather than to evoke emotions and be active parts of it. The character development is slim... actually, it's rather close to completely non-existent. We don't know or care about these people... and why should we? They are all paper-thin and clichéd. Everyone is completely driven by one thing, and one thing alone. The villain is the worst. Not one redeeming quality to him whatsoever. Not even the least bit credible. Something that hurts the high quality of this film is that we are practically introduced to the bad guys... there's no suspense on that front. So part of the film is just watching the main character discover what we already know. What's left for suspense is the viewers following the evidence being collected. Not saying that it isn't entertaining to watch... but it could most certainly have been better. As it is, the film is a well-done and accurate portrayal of modern-day politics with a very good plot, and in which the execution leaves some to be desired. I recommend it to fans of thrillers, particularly political ones. It lacks in nuance and slightly in suspense, but it is well-done and it has an important message. 8/10


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