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Hvidsten gruppen (2012)

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 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 ... 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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Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

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This Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Hvidsten, Denmark

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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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Disappointing movie with anachronisms and ridiculous scenes
20 August 2012 | by aftenfilosofSee all my reviews

1. Horrible dialogue. The characters explicitly state their occupations ('I attend the Agricultural College, not a house holding school', 'What's it like being a veterinarian?'). Not a single Danish actor talks like people did in the 1940's, i.e. they keep addressing strangers with the familiar 'du' {tu}, not the formal 'De' {vous}. – The dialogue is forced and full of anachronisms. I got the sensation of watching a bad written school play.

2. No one seems to be affected by the shortage of household goods. During the Nazi occupation, they drink what appears to be regular coffee and carbonated beverages. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of anything–except German soldiers in the first 45 minutes or so of the movie. What kind of occupation is this? Where are the miserable living conditions of wartime? 3. The resistance people are all way too chatty and amateurish. Everyone in the area knows who's in the resistance, even the kids know. What about a little secrecy? During the nightly activities, they can't get any work done without chatting and small talking. But that's not all, of course, they're also smoking. Even a lit matchstick can be seen from far away! Given the fact, however, that there're almost no Germans in the first part of the movie, why take precautions? No need for stealth operations. – I get it, the resistance members are just ordinary people risking their lives, but why depict them as being utter morons? It's quite insulting, actually.

4. Ridiculous scenes. One scene in particular comes to mind: A quiet, serious man walks into the tavern, wearing trench coat and fedora hat–the whole secret agent or private detective look. But all seriousness is blown away when he claims to be from The National museum of Denmark, looking for some good locations to perform archaeological excavations. – At this point I just laughed out loud. It's such a stupid and funny scene. Again, why depict the characters as idiots? It's not a comedy; at least I don't think it is.

In conclusion, this movie would make a very funny lampoon, if someone cut it down to a 20 minutes short. Nothing but the ridiculous scenes is worth watching, so a shortened version would be highly appreciated.

Thanks to Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis–and everyone else involved with this uninspiring movie–for ridiculing some brave people who died for a noble cause. May they rest in peace.

One question remains unanswered: Did anyone involved with the production know anything about occupied Denmark in the 1940's? Anything at all?


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