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Gnade (2012)

A struggling German couple starts finding each other again after keeping as a secret about being responsible for a horrific accident.

Director:

Matthias Glasner

Writers:

Kim Fupz Aakeson (screenplay), Ulla Bay Kronenberger (script translation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Birgit Minichmayr ... Maria
Jürgen Vogel ... Niels
Henry Stange Henry Stange ... Markus
Ane Dahl Torp ... Linda
Maria Bock ... Wenche
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Björn
Iren Reppen Iren Reppen ... Sofie
Richard André Knutsen Richard André Knutsen ... Mikkel
Kristoffer Mortensen Kristoffer Mortensen ... Ole
Katharina Strauch Katharina Strauch ... Stine
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Mads
Hallvard Holmen ... Witwer
Kristine Holmen Kristine Holmen ... Ingvild
John Ronald Holm John Ronald Holm ... Lehrer
Ken Are Johnsen Ken Are Johnsen
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A German couple with a teenage son struggling with their marriage has moved to Kirkenes in the far North of Norway to save their relationship, in an exciting environment where the sun doesn't go down during night at summertime, and where two months of winter have no daylight. Then a horrific accident occurs, when the fabulous Northern lights distracts her while driving home after a night shift, ands she hits something with the car. Thinking it was an animal, she is shocked when she realizes it was a girl she ran over. But no-one has seen her, and no-one knows. The couple agree upon not telling anyone about who is responsible, and the secret blows new spike into their relationship. But can this go on like this? Written by OJT

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Country:

Germany | Norway

Language:

German | Norwegian | English

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El perdón See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Impressive story about accidents, regrets and mercy, making up a drama and thriller alike
5 November 2012 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Berlinale film festival 2012, where it was part of the official Competition section. In the midwinter season with a continuous (night and day) 100% darkness in Hammerfest, a women runs over someone or something when driving home. Rather than leaving her car and going back to see whether someone needs help, she panics. At home she tells her husband, who returns to the spot in question to investigate. He finds no trace of what could have hit the car.

It is not until the next day that they hear about a young girl who died due to a hit and run incident at the very same place, but no evidence was found to trace back who caused her fatal injury. From that moment on, events take their inevitable course and each subsequent step makes it more difficult to come forward. Moreover, a confession does not bring the girl back to life.

This is where my synopsis stops. I want to prevent wasting an ingeniously constructed script, where all ingredients have their proper place. A handful of human elements and sub-plots are thrown in, though not making it overly complex to follow. An example of a human element is that we observe the woman when at work in a hospital, while terminally ill patients are taken care of. A smaller sub-plot is that we see the husband at work in a "gas factory", where he has a love affair with a colleague.

A more important sub-plot (in light of the title) is that the son takes part in pestering an alleged gay schoolmate. It causes the latter to drop school prematurely. The son regrets his part in the bullying, and he visits the victim at home, in search for some form of "mercy". The confrontation does not work out as he would have wanted, however.

Is it a drama or a thriller?? Or both?? On one hand it is a drama, because everyone tries to find the best way to cope with the situation, not necessarily the human or moral best thing to do, yet they struggle to find a way out. On the other hand it is also a thriller, because throughout the full 2 hours and 10 minutes you want to know what will happen next.

The whole story spans from midwinter (100% darkness, night and day) to midsummer (the reverse), all of that located in Hammerfest, offering a colorful but harsh landscape. We knew of its existence but we never had the chance to see it with our own eyes. It forms a perfect location for the drama that we see developing. And there is the even-so perfect combination of human elements, a few sub-plots and a wonderful collection of actors. Finally, I sincerely hope that above text does not give away too much about the thriller elements, since the built-in surprises were also very important for my appreciation of this movie.


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