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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Van Avermaet won the VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund) Wild Card (a prize given every year to two of the best student films in Flanders, Belgium), with his thesis film, Dreamtime, in 2006. This meant an immediate grant for a next short film project; in the beginning he thought he was going to make this project very soon after graduation, but things turned out a bit differently. He first tried to make the project a couple times with the budget he had, but then realized it just wasn't going to be possible. As they didn't want to compromise on the story they wanted to tell, Avermaet and producer Ellen De Waele from Serendipity Films had to go out and look for more money. They tried different countries and different governmental institutions, but only after a couple of years of trying, they found a willing partner in the Region Champagne-Ardennes in France. This coupled with some tax shelter money from a company called Intraco Ltd., and they were able to finally finish the movie. A lot of people also co-produced the movie to some extent by taking less money or giving their time for free, so without the generous help of all the partners, cast, and crew, this project wouldn't have been possible. See more »

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Nathan Rijckx: I'm Sorry!
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References 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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