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This Life (2012)

Hvidsten gruppen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 March 2012 (Denmark)
The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Marius Fiil
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Gudrun Fiil
Thomas Ernst ... Niels Fiil
Laura Winther Møller Laura Winther Møller ... Gerda Fiil
Marie Bach Hansen ... Tulle Fiil
Jesper Riefensthal Jesper Riefensthal ... Peter Sørensen
Mia Ejlerskov Mia Ejlerskov ... Bitten Fiil
Bjarne Henriksen ... Albert Carlo Iversen
Janus Kim Elsig Janus Kim Elsig ... Henning Andersen (as Janus Elsig)
Henrik Vestergaard ... Johan Kjær
Niels Lund Boesen Niels Lund Boesen ... Niels Kjær (as Niels Boesen)
Arne Siemsen Arne Siemsen ... Søren Kristensen
Morten Christensen Morten Christensen ... Knud Christensen
Jakob Svarre Juhl Jakob Svarre Juhl ... Jens Stenz (as Jakob Svarre)
Peder Holm Johansen Peder Holm Johansen ... Anders Steensgaard
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The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.

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some must die so that others may live

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Drama | War

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

This Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Hvidsten, Denmark

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,544,192
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Regner Grasten Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story of a resistance group in Nazi occupied Denmark during World War II. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes the women are preparing meals in the kitchen, while the men are playing cards. Both places the radios were switched on and you immediately hear the transmission of the speech of the Prime Minister. Before the invention of the transistor the components in a radio would need some ten seconds, before they were warm enough to work properly and make the transmission work. Although you heard the Prime Minister nearly at once after the radios were switched on. See more »

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Spoofed in Live fra Bremen: Episode #6.6 (2012) See more »

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19 November 2014 | by nannanystedSee all my reviews

This movie was a parody and is waaaay too overrated in Denmark. I remember when it came out and everybody was going crazy about how awesome it was. I've never really been a fan of Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis but I promised myself that I wouldn't let that OR the fact that it had been hyped that much affect me - so I watched it with an open mind.

That didn't help for long. The first third of the movie is terribly awkward. The dialog is forced and the acting is bad which might be due to aforementioned. I watched it with my 17 year-old sister and even she could actually see it and said that it reminded her of performing an act in high school which I think describes it very well.

I do give it a 4, though. The acting, directing, screenplay (etc.) might be bad (which is upsetting as the true story about the Hvidsten Group has great potential) but it does tell the story of brave men and women that fought on the right side in Denmark during WWII. They deserve to be reminded and the movie might have opened people's eyes and it DID touch me - but only because I was reminded that it is based on something that really happened. Despite from that I think the actor Bodil Jørgensen deserves some credit. She manages (pretty much as the only one) to really make something good out of the bad screenplay and made the movie less of a comedy to watch throughout.

If you are curious about the resistance group, Hvidsten Group, and don't bother taking the time to read about it - sure, go ahead and watch the movie. However, I would personally recommend the reading.


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