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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?

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Susanne Bier

Writers:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Andreas
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Tristan
Roland Møller ... Mand på klub
Ulrich Thomsen ... Simon
Maria Bonnevie ... Anna Thomsen
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Klaus
Sarah Juel Werner ... Pige på legeplads
Ewa Fröling ... Ingrid
Peter Haber ... Gustav
Claus Riis Østergaard ... Betjent på parkeringsplads
Molly Blixt Egelind ... Pige på klub
Mille Lehfeldt ... Østeuropæisk danser
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Retsmediciner
Ole Dupont ... Begravelsesgæst
May Andersen ... Sanne (as Lykke May Andersen)
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Storyline

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

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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Second Chance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK35,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,468,099
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When the GOOD is as bad as the BAD it become.
4 September 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I was not sure about watching this film, but like usual ignoring the critics made me realise how much it was underrated. From the director of the Oscar winning film 'In a Better World'. After that great feat which ignited her international career, quite did not go well accordingly, including one project in the Hollywood. So she went back and made this Danish thriller-drama. Very strongly written screenplay, but feels it has flaws and then on its progress, they had all patched so brilliantly to make you think yourself you had got so wrong. It was not based on any book, but looks it could make one fine.

This is a story of 'the good' and 'the bad', and when 'the good' turns very bad, what would 'the bad' decide to do. A decent middle class couple who can do anything for their newborn child and another couple who are drug addicts whose newborn was completely neglected. When the tragedy strike in one of these families, the nightmare begins for another. A series of events follows where they all go for an extra mile to get a second chance. So see it to believe what people are capable when they are in the desperate situation.

Like the title and its tagline indicating, the narration carefully and intensely built the plot in the first act. That is the part you have to be watchful to learn the characters which is obviously a bit slower than the rest of the film. In the second half where it all turns to one direction to move on with a couple of quick twists. Totally unpredictable stuffs, because they were silly or maybe kind of familiar and you won't expect that to happen, but it does. I think that was the very clever, beside the powerful performance had brought a good balance between the pace and the contents of the film.

"People look different when they are dead. That's just how it is."

It did not win any big awards internationally or contended for the Oscars, but still the film is worth a watch. No matter what the critics say, this is one of the best films of the year. Like I said the story might look stupid in the paper, but the filmmakers stunning presented it on the screen. I won't be surprised if an improvised versions were made in other languages including Hollywood. After those fine progress it made in the middle part, the conclusion was somewhat ordinary. It suddenly skips a couple of years forward with one final short scene before the credits roll up which will make us feel good. That was a nice way to end after the shock the narration had given to us.

From the actors, Nikolaj Coaster-Wakdau was the screenpace ruler and did not fail to deliver. If this film is winning an award means he should be on the top of the list from the film followed by the direction and screenplay. In one of the film posters he just looks alike the current James Bond, the film was a lot better than the impression the posters give. His co-stars were not bad either.

There is sentiment in it, but not that effective, so the lack of melodrama is the big drawback. A theme like this should have bettered that part in order to make the overall film even better. Because the characters do not count when the subject it dealing with was has much higher priority. So the viewers always would be busy looking for what might happen to the story rather thinking its characters all the time. And that is because of the neutrality. Like I said before when 'the good' is as bad as 'the bad' it become, then everything end in an equal position and you might stop backing anyone particularly. There are many films like this, but this is kind of refreshing and very realistic. Definitely, I must end my review recommending it. So I hope you all enjoy it as I did.

8/10


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