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Into the Darkness (2020)

De forbandede år (original title)
Denmark, April 9th, 1940. Danish industrialist (portrayed by Jesper Christensen of James Bond fame) , cooperates and profits from the German occupation of Denmark. While his family finds themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

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Anders Refn
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Jesper Christensen ... Karl Skov
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Eva Skov
Mads Reuther ... Aksel Skov
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Michael
Sara Viktoria Bjerregaard Christensen ... Helene Skov
Lue Dittmann Støvelbæk Lue Dittmann Støvelbæk ... Knud Skov
Sylvester Byder Sylvester Byder ... Valdemar Skov
Pernille Højmark Pernille Højmark ... Annelise
Steen Stig Lommer Steen Stig Lommer ... Aage
Kathrine Thorborg Johansen ... Liva
Cyron Melville ... Svend
Paul Hüttel Paul Hüttel ... Georg
Roman Schomburg ... Willi Lismal
Julie Agnete Vang Julie Agnete Vang ... Agnes
Peter Eggers ... Gustav
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Denmark, April 9th, 1940. Danish industrialist (portrayed by Jesper Christensen of James Bond fame) , cooperates and profits from the German occupation of Denmark. While his family finds themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

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5 September 2020 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Starting on April 9th 1940, this follows a Danish family, and the friends, colleagues and such, of its various members, as they struggle through the moral grey area, the non-stop compromising, that can be unavoidable when trying to live your life in an occupied nation during a World War. Agreeing to work with with the Nazis sounds like tacit support of them, but what what if is the only way to to avoid having to fire dozens of people with families to feed?

While I haven't read the novel upon which this is based, I can say without a doubt that this is one of the book adaptations that appreciates the challenges that come with that. It manages to handle a massive amount of material, with over a dozen major characters, involved in a handful of different subplots(one could argue that there might be a couple too many), without simply ending up overwhelming. It does move very fast, and there are definitely times where you struggle to keep up with why this or that person behaved in a certain way, as their growth sometimes flies by and it's hard to keep up with it. There are times where it goes from one of these storylines to another too abruptly. This is definitely a movie that requires the viewer have a strong base of knowledge about Denmark during WWII. It is not going to hold your hand, and you are frankly going to be confused, if you go into this not knowing very much about that. The acting is convincing and these all feel like real people. You've known people similar to them in your own life. Some events are dramatised, yet most of this is credible and authentic.

This contains a little bloody violence, as well as brief sexuality and nudity. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fiction dealing with the period. 8/10


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9 January 2020 (Denmark) See more »

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De förbannade åren See more »

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