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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Goofs

The earth globe seen from space in the beginning and the end of the film is falsely mirrored. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.12 (2009) See more »

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Tekst Steen Birger Jørgensen (as Steen Jørgensen)
Musik Lars Top Galia (as Lars Top-Galia)
Produceret af Sort Sol, Marco Manieri & Magnus Groth
Arrangeret af Sort Sol
Indspillet i "Bunkeren"
Mixet af Michael Ilbert i Medley Studio
Fra Sort Sol Albummet "Snakecharmer"
Mercury Records 013484-2
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The box art is totally misleading
25 October 2012 | by TheXeroXoneSee all my reviews

There are no scary scenes in this film and only one pseudo-startling "large marge" reveal. The R rating is only because the kids swear a lot. That's it. Seriously. This film is about as scary as the average Goosebumps episode - only its three times as long and its predominately shot with a blue filter.

I think its obvious that in Denmark (where the film originated) one can not show the amount of violence that films can show in the USA. So the filmmakers attempt to create intensity by implying dread... which it completely fails at. We learn in the first minute where the creature's origin is, so there's never any real intensity. The creature's goals and abilities are poorly defined so we have no idea why scenes are unfolding in the way they are and not according to how they unfolded in previous scenes. Its just a mess.

Its like salsa that's too mild to be considered anything but a letdown.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Denmark]

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,276,515
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Obel Film, Thura Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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