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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?


Was shot in five and a half days in the Region Champagne-Ardennes in France. Post-production took almost a year. See more »


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

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Very Different, Very Good, but not my favorite
20 February 2013 | by jwbellerSee all my reviews

This is the first year that I ever saw the five Oscar nominated live action short films. Death of a Shadow is by far the most original. It's very strange but it's altruism makes it quite appealing.

All of the films were very well done, had a message, and were deserving of the Oscar.

My favorite was Curfew about a woman, her adorable, precocious daughter and her estranged brother who is suicidal. I hope the fact that it was the only one in English didn't influence my choice. The little girl in the movie is adorable and a very good actress. The message I received was, if you commit suicide you will never know the joys the future might bring.

Henry showed the difficulties of aging and loosing your memory. As one of the elderly myself, the movie had a sobering impact. The music was very good.

Buzkashi Boys takes place in Afghanistan and is about the dreams and aspirations of two young boys. It was very moving and your heart went out to the two boys and their likely bleak futures.

Asad is about a young boy in Somalia living in poverty who wants to be a pirate. He catches a very unusual "fish." He also makes the best of his situation in a county that has undergone many problems.

I highly recommend seeing the film that contains these five films.

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Release Date:

10 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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