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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Ulrik Torp
... Erik Dreier Jensen
Nastja Arcel ... Lone Kjeldsen
... Henrik Moll
... Peter Schou
Ulf Pilgaard ... Gunnar Torp
Charlotte Munck ... Mette Torp
... Mads Kjeldsen
... Signe Jonsen
Jesper Langberg ... Aksel Bruun
... Per Vestgaard
... John Erhardsen
Bjarne Henriksen ... Bo Andersen
... Søren Agergaard
Clara Maria Bahamondes ... Julie Torp
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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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The novel on which this is based, Niels Krause-Kjær's "Kongekabale", was written shortly after the writer quit his job as spin-doctor for the Conservative party in Denmark. During his employment at the party it went through a power struggle between two different wings of the party. It is generally thought that this power struggle is the inspiration for the novel. See more »

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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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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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A meaningful insight on political spinning
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I found this film very useful for someone like me, who is not in politics, but is interested. It shows how spin distorts reality, but it also tells one that it is always possible to see through the smokescreen. It confirms the saying that goes: you can lie to everybody some of the time, to somebody all the time, but you cannot lie to everybody all the time. This goes not only for the realm of Danemark, but for every other country too. US Republican spin doctors are trying to get away with it (lie to everybody all the time). At some point it is going to stop working. What Kongekabale says is, that this not being a fairy tale, it will not be easy to see though and behind the lies.


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