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Death of a Shadow (2012)

Dood van een Schaduw (original title)
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Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased soldier Nathan Rijckx collects shadows of dying men and women to buy back his own second chance at life. Obsessed by a girl he met ... See full summary »


Tom Van Avermaet
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Nathan Rijckx
Laura Verlinden ... Sarah Winters
Peter Van den Eede Peter Van den Eede ... Collector Of Shadows (as Peter Van Den Eede)
Benjamin Ramon Benjamin Ramon ... Daniel Hainaut
Amandine Zurbuchen Amandine Zurbuchen ... Nurse
Brian Piezel Brian Piezel ... Boran Kassovic
Denis Duron Denis Duron ... Jan Ternauw
Gregory Rabat Gregory Rabat ... New Photographer
Emile Boudaille Emile Boudaille ... Thomas Belcourt
Bruno Clément Bruno Clément ... German Soldier
Franck Maréco Franck Maréco ... German Soldier
Daniel Rechul Daniel Rechul ... German Soldier
Laurent Marchetti Laurent Marchetti ... German Soldier
Guillaume Sentier Guillaume Sentier ... German Soldier
Simon Robas Simon Robas ... German Soldier


Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased soldier Nathan Rijckx collects shadows of dying men and women to buy back his own second chance at life. Obsessed by a girl he met the moment before he died, the thought of seeing his beloved again drives the soldier to regain access to the world of the living. But when he discovers that she's already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him toward a bitter decision, a decision not without its consequences... Written by ellendewaele

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soldier | limbo | jealousy | love | death | See All (34) »


Did You Know?


Matthias Schoenaerts and Laura Verlinden had previously starred together in two productions: they played siblings in Loft (2008) and also appeared on the mini-series The Emperor of Taste (2008), although they didn't share any scene in this one. See more »


Nathan Rijckx: I'm Sorry!
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References The Cremator (1969) See more »

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A 6.6?! This film is absolutely brilliant!!
3 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I just got back from seeing the five Oscar-nominated live action shorts and was pleasantly surprised. After seeing a mediocre batch of animated shorts yesterday, I was so happy to see that the live action films are among the very best I've ever seen nominated.

Of the five films nominated for this award, I would have to say that two films are definitely the best. The problem is that the films are both so perfect, BOTH should get the Oscar and I would be equally thrilled if either won. "Henry" and "Death of a Shadow" are simply magnificent films from start to finish. And, while I SLIGHTLY preferred "Henry" (ever so slightly), "Death of a Shadow" is definitely the more creative of the two.

"Death of a Shadow" is set in a steampunk sort of world. As for the story, it's a bit vague--and some might dislike this. But, I actually think this made the story work just fine. It begins with Nathan standing on a dark street in what probably is Belgium. Here's where it gets weird--you hear a commotion and see shadows along the wall--but there is no one there!!! But, when Nathan looks through a weird camera-like device, he can see a murder taking place! And, at the moment of death, he snaps a picture of the dead man. Then, he returns to a weird building (full of steam-powered gear and a WEIRD gallery), he extracts the shadow from the camera and gives it to a twisted bald man who mounts it on the wall--like some sort of twisted museum. There is MUCH more to the story than this--but I don't want to spoil the film. Suffice to say, it's VERY touching and perfect...absolutely perfect. The best thing, aside from a mind-blowingly original story, is just how cinematic the film is. It looks like it cost many millions and is an amazing journey. See this film...it's AMAZING.

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10 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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