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Before the Frost (2018)

Før frosten (original title)
As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ... See full summary »


Michael Noer


Jesper Fink (screenplay), Michael Noer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Christensen ... Jens
Clara Rosager ... Signe
Magnus Krepper ... Gustav
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Agnes
Elliott Crosset Hove ... Peder
Rasmus Hammerich ... Holger
Bertil De Lorenzi ... Mads
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Laurits
Oscar Dyekjær Giese Oscar Dyekjær Giese ... Ole
Martin Greis-Rosenthal ... Degnen (as Martin Greis)
Clement Black Petersen Clement Black Petersen ... Bum Hans (as Clement Blach Petersen)
Palle Kvist Palle Kvist ... Præst
Kristian Halken Kristian Halken ... Præst (voice)
Jens Brenaa Jens Brenaa ... Ingolf
Gustav Möller ... Karl Oskar


As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ally with the neighbor family in a marriage between his daughter and their son. However, when the rich farmer at a nearby farm wants to buy Jens's land, he sees a chance to provide him and his family with an even better life.

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Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

10 January 2019 (Denmark) See more »

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DKK 20,500,000 (estimated)
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Desperate times call for desperate measures

A chilling film-noir movie, set in the 1850's rural countryside of Denmark. It introduces the brutal conditions and squalor of farmers conditions back in the day, where unpredictable weather, can tear families apart and spark a certain sinister creativity in desperate men.

The film examines the lengths that men will go to, to preserve their way of life, family and future prospects. In certain circumstances, good men might commit fraud, sell their children or even tacitly commit murder. This movie makes it abundantly clear, that "being good" is very much a luxury that not everyone can afford, no matter how hard they try.

I was, as always, impressed by Jesper Christensens performance, while Ghita Nørby added some much-needed gravitas to underscore the sinister nature of the deal that "Jens Cow" made with his Swedish neighbour. Swedes are usually the bad guys in danish movies, but I honestly cant tell who is good or bad at the end of this movie.

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