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Worlds Apart (2008)

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The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

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Niels Arden Oplev
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rosalinde Mynster Rosalinde Mynster ... Sara (as Rosalinde Spanning)
Pilou Asbæk ... Teis
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Andreas
Sarah Boberg ... Karen (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... John
Sarah Juel Werner ... Elisabeth
Jacob Ottensten Jacob Ottensten ... August (as Jacob August Ottensten)
Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt ... Jonas
Charlotte Fich ... Jette
Hans Henrik Voetmann Hans Henrik Voetmann ... Vagn
Catrine Beck Catrine Beck ... Thea
Hans Henrik Clemensen Hans Henrik Clemensen ... Erik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lasse Handberg Lasse Handberg ... Mand med baby
Jytte Kvinesdal Jytte Kvinesdal ... Theas mor
Amalie Lindegård Amalie Lindegård ... Charlotte
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Storyline

Sara is a teenager who lives with her family, who are Jehova's Witnesses. The family's devout image is questioned when the parents divorce as a consequence of the father's infidelity. One night at a party Sara meets Teis, an older boy who takes an interest in her. Teis is not a Witness, and their relationship is rejected by her father, but Sara falls in love and begins to doubt her faith. Facing ostracism from her faith and family, Sara must make the toughest choice of her young life. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

22 February 2008 (Denmark) See more »

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A hit fogságában See more »

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Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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$4,361,860
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Nordisk Film See more »
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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While the story is fictionalized in places it is mostly true to Tabita's story. The titles at the end of the film about Sara's future accurately reflect Tabita's life. See more »

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When Sara and Teis meet up in Odense (she arrives at Odense Train Station with the train from Southern Fyn), they walk around in a shopping mall in Aarhus. See more »

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Featured in DR2 tema: Året der kommer (2008) See more »

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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place!
30 December 2019 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

For those interested in the social and cultural influences of certain religions in modern society, Worlds Apart offers an interesting, realistic perspective of a Jehovah's Witness girl trying to reconcile her faith, whilst involving herself in a relationship with a "non-believer" older boy.

It's quite a simple storyline presented by co-writer/director Niels Arden Oplev and clearly based on a true Danish story, but enhanced by the even-handed observations of the practices of this closed religious group, which has followers around the world.

Sara Dahl (Rosalinde Mynster) is seventeen years old and has been raised in a family of strict Jehovah's Witnesses. Sara follows the tenets of the faith and often joins her family to witness local people door to door in hopes of attracting new converts. Despite the Dahl family's devotion to their church, domestic matters are complicated when her father (Jens Jorn Spottag) is unfaithful to her mother (Sarah Boberg), and though contrite, she's unwilling to forgive him. In one of the more unsettling scenes in the movie, the 3 Dahl children vote to stay in the family home with the father, knowing this will lead to the mother leaving home as she wasn't prepared to forgive his transgressions. Sara, being the oldest child and a business college student, becomes the stand-in mother for her siblings, before meeting Teis (Pilou Asbaek), a boy she is immediately attracted too, at a dance club. Adding an extra layer of intriguing complexity to the story (without spoiling), is that we soon find out the eldest Dahl sibling, a son Jonas, has been expelled from his local church and then family, for "reading the wrong materials", questioning the Elders decisions and not repenting for these actions.

Worlds Apart is a well-directed, well-acted movie, illuminating the conventions of a religious group, that whilst being well-known, is frequently regarded by many in mainstream society, as one supporting character observes, as a "sect", As such it is frequently charged with indoctrination and manipulation of its adherents, by the powerful and influential Elders of the church branches. Ultimately Sara does make a contentious decision (as the real life person did), but we are reminded through the playing out of the narrative, that this may well mean she will have to contend with life-changing factors affecting her social and familiaral networks. It is a challenging, provocative, yet entertaining film that is recommended for those drawn to discussions of fundamentalist thinking and ideals.


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