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A Second Chance (2014)

En chance til (original title)
A conscientious police officer who investigates a violent case of domestic dispute in the squalid apartment of a drug addict has to make the most contemptible decision in his life. Just how far would a parent go to get a second chance?


Susanne Bier


Susanne Bier (story), Anders Thomas Jensen (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Andreas
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Tristan
Ulrich Thomsen ... Simon
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Klaus
Roland Møller ... Mand på klub
Maria Bonnevie ... Anna Thomsen
Peter Haber ... Gustav
Ewa Fröling ... Ingrid
Molly Blixt Egelind ... Pige på klub
Claus Riis Østergaard ... Betjent på parkeringsplads
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Retsmediciner
Charlotte Fich ... Dommer
Kirsten Lehfeldt Kirsten Lehfeldt ... Julie
Ole Dupont ... Begravelsesgæst
Mille Lehfeldt ... Østeuropæisk danser


How far would decent human beings be willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust? With "A Second Chance", Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen have crafted another startling yet moving drama about how easily we lose our grasp on justice, when confronted with the unthinkable, and life as we know it is hanging by a thread. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How far would you go?


Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


This was model May Anderson's first acting role. Suzanne Bier met her at a party and cast her as Sanne. She resisted making Anderson audition because she thought the audition would be bad, but that Anderson would be right for the role. See more »


Andreas: You said you wanted a baby. This is ours now.
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User Reviews

Powerful drama
15 October 2014 | by reev0See all my reviews

To say much about the plot of Suzanne Bier's film about parenthood would be to risk depriving it of its power - the less you know going in, the better. The film is a succession of well-timed punches to the gut, and the cast is good enough to make the characters' difficult choices understandable. Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau carries a lot of the weight of the film, but he's well-supported - May Andersen is impressive as Sanne in her first acting role, and Bier's previous collaborator Nikolaj Lie Kaas does well to avoid making his character a one-dimensional.

Not an easy watch by any means, and not an entertainment, but a very well-made and powerful social drama.

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Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Denmark) See more »

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Box Office


DKK35,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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