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Shadow of a Hero (2015)

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A grandchild sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up the entire family for three generations.
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Credited cast:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Gustaf (voice)
Laurits Munch-Petersen ... Grandson
Daniel Dencik Daniel Dencik ... Daniel
Iris Munch-Petersen Iris Munch-Petersen ... Iris
Ruth Brejnholm Ruth Brejnholm ... Lisbet
Ebbe Munch Larsen Ebbe Munch Larsen ... Merchant in Gudhjem
Asger Schnack Asger Schnack ... Asger
Ole Sohn Ole Sohn ... Ole
Alan Warren Alan Warren ... Civil war historian
Knud Svart Knud Svart ... Bus driver
Laura Baruël Laura Baruël ... Laura (as Laura Baruel)
Gustaf Munch-Petersen Gustaf Munch-Petersen ... Gustaf
Torben Brostrøm Torben Brostrøm ... Torben
Lucia Munch-Petersen Lucia Munch-Petersen ... Lucia
Robert-Jan Maycock Robert-Jan Maycock ... Soldier from Britain


Laurits Munch-Petersen sets out to discover how the death of his grandfather in the Spanish Civil War could split up the entire family for three generations. "Shadow of a Hero" is a universal story about the consequences of war. A personal story about a war hero who chose to volunteer in the international brigades for his idealistic beliefs - like many other intellectuals at the time - but he left his pregnant wife and little daugther in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. Was he a hero or a coward? It's a story about the other side of the medal. The grandchild and director of the film takes us on a journey through the family secrets of three generations - a story of a wife left behind and children being abandoned by their devastated mother. All a consequence of the heroic deeds of the grandfather and his early death. Since childhood Laurits heard about his famous grandfather, but as a modern family man Laurits decides to break the taboo in order to reunite his family. ... Written by Fridthjof Film

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Release Date:

3 June 2015 (Denmark) See more »

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Det underste land See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Touching film!
7 June 2015 | by hannebosneSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a Doxbio premiere and I was quite surprised how hard it hit me! The end was so touching even it was quite a weird genre, I still can't figure it out! It's a very personal family story that is told almost like a detective story about a grandson trying to open up his old grandmother that lives in a small island. It has a lot of humor even though the theme is so serious, I was quite surprised about that. The whole cinema was laughing many times.

It reminded me of the film Stories we tell by Sarah Polly which is also a family story told almost like it was a thriller. It seems like there is a new wave of documentary films that mix genres of reconstruction and documentary in new ways where it is difficult to know what is what.

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