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Sorrow and Joy (2013)

Sorg og glæde (original title)
Danish filmmaker Nils Malmros tells about his manic-depressive wife killing their baby, how he met her, a teacher, two years earlier in 1981 and the time after.


Nils Malmros
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Cedergren ... Johannes
Helle Fagralid ... Signe
Ida Dwinger Ida Dwinger ... Else
Kristian Halken Kristian Halken ... Laurits
Nicolas Bro ... Birkemose
Helle Hertz Helle Hertz ... Johannes' mor / Johannes' mother
Niels Weyde Niels Weyde ... Johannes' far / Johannes' father
Søren Pilmark ... Advokaten
Mads Hammer Larsen Mads Hammer Larsen ... Steen Walle
Anders Brink Madsen ... Flemming Gregersen
Henrik Vestergaard ... Søren Nauer
Alexandre Willaume ... Skoleinspektør / School inspector
Martha Kjær Danneskjold Rasmussen Martha Kjær Danneskjold Rasmussen ... Majken
Iben Opstrup Wedel Iben Opstrup Wedel ... Lene
Johanne Holm Johanne Holm ... Johanne


In SORROW AND JOY filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must try to reach for mutual and mature love in order to continue life after death. Director Nils Malmros is one of Danish films most significant personalities and during the last forty years his characters have always had a strong autobiographical element. Being his most personal film to date, SORROW AND JOY is no exception. Written by NFP

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The outdoor scenes of the house, where the tragedy happened, are shot at the directors own house. See more »


References Beauty and the Beast (1983) See more »


Quiet Days in Clichy II
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Performed by Country Joe McDonald
(c) 1971 Alkatraz Corner Music Co
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you'll never know what life will seve you
26 February 2018 | by mmunierSee all my reviews

I just finished to watched this film. I found interesting that it's based on real event. And I found that this is very realistic film. I'm surprised, not too surprised there is only one review before mine. But if this film is called Sorrow and Joy, there isn't much joy. Again this would depend on the viewer attitude as i believe we all perceive things in our own way, I'm not one to know much about directors and other factors involved with films. I watch I feel and think about it and want to share this. I have been involved with mental health and do believe the film remain true to the situation . Perhaps there was areas one could see inappropriate responses, reaction or behaviour to what one would expect it to be. I think life in general does not always follow ordinary guideline and if you add mental dysfunction you can expect the unexpected from all concerned. I think if you can deal with an honest but not so pleasant story you will find Sorrow and Joy rewarding

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14 November 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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