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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?

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writers:

Susanne Bier (story), Anders Thomas Jensen (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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

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Budget:

DKK 35,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Dark Danish Morality Tale
15 August 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

This is one of those films that is very hard to give a synopsis about without doing a major plot reveal. Suffice to say it is about the choices we can make when faced with the 'unthinkable'. It is about how we are able to not only blur the line between right and wrong but also move it completely whilst still, self deceivingly, believing that you are still the good guy.

It is about a married couple Anna and her policeman husband Andreas and how they deal with their own tragedy. This is from director Susanne Bier who brought us 'In a Better World' and 'After the wedding'. She has a keen eye for direction and uses dramatic timing to ramp up the tension but also perfectly timed plot reveals – and there are a fair few here.

It is superbly acted with a striking performance from Maria Bonnevie as the new mum and wife. This is a film that trades on the reveals and twists and as such may not be one to see over again; but it is still powerful enough to recommend and indeed warrant at least one good viewing.


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