April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.
Anders Baasmo Christiansen,
The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward... See full summary »
The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis
Jens Jørn Spottag,
In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940.Written by
Nordisk Film Production A/S
The high caliber machine cannon used by the Danish motorcycle units is the 20 mm Madsen Autocannon M/38 mounted on Nimbus motorcycles. The light machine gun used by the infantry is the Madsen Recoil Gun with first models being produced from 1901. Both guns were exported in vast numbers by the Danish company Disa. See more »
(at around 38 mins) The Germans are firing an MG 42 in a battle in 1940. See more »
A small masterpiece in Danish Film
This movie gives a very honest account of the situation in the morning hours of the 9th of April 1940. The Danish soldiers did their duty despite being in a hopeless situation abandoned by their generals and politicians.
It's a movie made by a Dane for the Danish audience and it captures the way Danish society and the Danish Army was at that time.
I loved it! It's a small piece of Danish history coming to life.
Just a note on some of the other reviews in here. Don't try putting Russian politics into this movie. There is no glorification of any Danish effort during the war here. And it is not looked upon as such in Denmark. Focus on good movies - not the old er new conflicts between East and West. This is not a propaganda movie in any way - maybe you seeing it that way tells more about your view on the world than on the essence of this small masterpiece of Danish filmmaking.
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