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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 »

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Tom Van Avermaet
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Cast

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
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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 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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Belgium | France

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Flemish | French | German

Release Date:

10 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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At a very early point in the process, there were also WWI trenches in the film, but the director had to scrap that due to budgetary concerns. See more »

Quotes

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

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Belgian short with an eerie, nightmarish feel
7 March 2018 | by myriamlenysSee all my reviews

Matthias Schoenaerts shines in a nightmarish fantasy short with a distinctive look. I'm not too fond of some of the "steampunk" aesthetics, but as a whole the visuals are both striking and memorable. The story itself touches upon archetypal themes such as love, betrayal, sacrifice and death ; as a result it feels somewhat like an old fairytale or an old fable, transmitted from century to century.

Another, more contemporary theme concerns the porous and shifting borders between watching and condoning, between watching and participating or between watching and provoking.

Last but not least the movie reminds one of the catastrophic suffering involved in World War One. As a child I remember meeting very old people who had seen their share of loss and grief and who spoke of "the war", in the singular. For them the first World War still remained the great, the real, the original war, with all subsequent conflicts being but aftershocks or afterimages.


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