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The Substitute (2007)

Vikaren (original title)
A group of sixth graders are convinced their new substitute teacher is actually a menacing alien.

Director:

Ole Bornedal

Writers:

Ole Bornedal (screenplay), Henrik Prip (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paprika Steen ... Ulla Harms
Ulrich Thomsen ... Jesper Osböll
Jonas Wandschneider Jonas Wandschneider ... Carl
Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok Nikolaj Falkenberg-Klok ... Phillip
Emma Juel Justesen Emma Juel Justesen ... Rikke
Mollie Maria Gilmartin Mollie Maria Gilmartin ... Lotte
Josephine Gents Josephine Gents ... Camilla (as Josephine Wormslew Gents)
Emma Claudia Søndergaard Emma Claudia Søndergaard ... Laura
Jakob Fals Nygaard Jakob Fals Nygaard ... Albert
Andreas Gram Nielsen Andreas Gram Nielsen ... Tobias
Mathias Peter Kjær Mathias Peter Kjær ... Malthe
Sonja Richter ... Maria
Peter Hesse Overgaard Peter Hesse Overgaard ... Skoleinspektør Maele
Henrik Prip Henrik Prip ... Psykolog Claus
Olivia Stenderup Garre Olivia Stenderup Garre ... Sofie
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Storyline

6th Grade gets a new substitute teacher. She wants to train the class for an international competition in Paris. But something isn't right. How is she able read kids' minds? Why is she so mean? And how does she manage to convince everyone's parents she is so great when the whole class knows she is really an alien? Written by Ole Bornedal

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (Denmark) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Obel Film, Thura Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The earth globe seen from space in the beginning and the end of the film is falsely mirrored. See more »

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Paprika Goddess!
21 August 2008 | by till-kleinertSee all my reviews

A quite simple kids movie plot gets elevated to hilarious heights by the truly inspired casting of Paprika Steen as Ulla Harms, the substitute who dares to say and do all the things some of the more cynical teachers in this world only dream of. Steen's trademark Dogme-trained nuanced, natural acting this time only serves as a masquerade for a flat-out over-the-top monster, and you can see how much wicked fun she has switching between those two faces, proving her impressive emotional outbursts and character quirks to be nothing but a cold, calculated lie within the blink of an eye.

The other actors do fine, too, as only Danish actors can. The kids are not annoying, even if they have to scream and be cute occasionally. Our hero Carl manages to be a sympathetic if troubled young man, my only nit-picking being that he might be a bit too self-consciously handsome to really convince as the class weirdo and outsider. Also, his love story with the new girl remains a bit under-developed. But hey, they're teenagers, love comes and goes quickly at that age, I guess.

The film is a great fun romp from start to finish, never buried under the weight of its kid-friendly message, and comes highly recommended. As stated before, Paprika Steen deserves prizes and kudos for what she does. And Ole Bornedal keeps the promise he made with Nightwatch. Mainstream family cinema doesn't get much better than this.

P.S.: The only real letdown: right at the beginning of the end credits there is a high school prom dance scene that is totally out of tune with the rest of the film. It's as if the filmmakers wanted to be 'cool' with the young audience in a way the film otherwise thankfully doesn't feel the need to be.


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