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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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Immensely enjoyable and entertaining
5 October 2012 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

After a small Danish school class receives a strange substitute as a teacher, the students quickly discover she's an alien researching humanity and when their cries to their parents go unheeded, try to stop her plan from coming to fruition.

This was actually a lot of fun and quite entertaining. One of the more enjoyable aspects here is the fact that this one features a rather simple premise that gains a lot of credibility because of how it goes about keeping that a secret from those that matter. How this one builds up her identity, with the fake name, the strange photograph where objects keep appearing based on the revelations made by the group and the strange mind-control properties and the connection to the chickens make for great fun, and when it gets to the confirmation sequence, it's unbelievably suspenseful and generates a great shock, as well as the science-fiction centered finale that ends this one with some fun times. There's some mild flaws here, mainly in the fact that the target of this one being centered on kids, and middle-school children even, there's going to be no deaths or even gore opportunities involved which is fine but definitely keeps this far more tamed than it should. The bigger one, though, is that this one gets revealed so early on that the amount of time taken to convince others and spread the warning to the disbelieving parents feels more like a plot device to keep the movie going rather than any sort of truthful realness had this happened in real-life, but this is still a rather fun effort.

Rated R: Graphic Language, Violence and children-in-jeopardy.


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