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Aftermath [DVD]

Sofie Gråbøl , Mikael Birkkjær , Paprika Steen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sofie Gråbøl, Mikael Birkkjær, Carsten Bjørnlund, Soren Pilmark
  • Directors: Paprika Steen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FQH7MI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sofie Grabol (star of BBC's The Killing) and Michael Birkkjær (The Killing - Series 2) star in this heart-wrenching and destructive tale of a couple who have lost their only child. Evoking popular themes in recent Scandinavian cinema, we follow the couple's devastating loss and their inability to comes to terms with what follows. Directed by Paprika Steen (Festen) and written by Kim Fupz Aekeson (Perfect Sense), Aftermath was the winner of the Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: After the auto accident death of their 12-year-old daughter, an estranged couple takes to coping in different, dysfunctional ways. Britt, the mother, has befriended a single mother and her baby, while her husband Claes stalks the woman responsible for the accident, intending to kill her. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Aftermath (2004) ( Lad de små børn ) ( After math )

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt take on a couple's grief 29 Dec 2011
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Fans of The Killing - Series 2 [DVD] and in particular it's main stars Sofie Gråbøl and Mikael Birkkjær will find this film slightly different from their 2009 work The Killing. Sofie and Mikael play social worker Britt and architect Claes, a married couple in their 30's who have recently lost their 12 year old daughter, their only child. This moving film shows the downward spiral in which they find themselves.
Copenhagen is the setting once again for this story filmed five years before Sofie and Mikael would work on The Killing 2. There are many moving scenes of guilt, angst, betrayal, deceit and loneliness as the couple's difficulties with friends, work, and with each other are explored.
Some of my favourite scenes involve Claes with the Japanese, Claes being flirted with at the estate agents, Britt and her helping hand duties among others.
Apart from one character, Vivi (Lena Endre seen in the Wallander series and Millenium series) who speaks in Swedish, and a short scene involving Claes taking the mick out of some clients (in English), the film is in Danish with English subtitles.
Particularly impressive is Laura Christensen (The Candidate (2008) (Kandidaten) (Region 2) (Import)) who plays struggling mother Malene who is not really supported very well by her boyfriend Ulrik (played by Carsten Bjørnlund - Major Christian Søgaard - The Killing 2). Look out for a very brief appearance by Stine Prætorius (Louise Raben - The Killing 2) working in Claes's office.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Other reviewers have said enough about the plot, but it basically concerns how two parents react after the death of a beloved teenaged daughter.

I found the whole thing convincing, including some of the stupid, illogical things some of the characters did. That is what people do, after all.

The ending wasn't neat, and certainly not particularly happy - but why should it be? Things rarely are in real life, after all.

If there is a weak point, it is probably the inclusion of the Swedish actress Lena Endre. I don't know why, I just don't think she is a particularly good actress, or a massively bad one, yet she seems to pop up everywhere in Scandi films - and in this, she just seemed to be included to broaden the film's interest, making it saleable in the Swedish market.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath 5 May 2012
Claes and Britt are a professional couple in their late thirties who are falling apart after the death of their only daughter in a road traffic accident. We meet them initially at a rather dire group group counselling session where they listen in disbelief and growing anger to others' stories of deaths of elderly parents. When the leader suggests they share their story and not to worry because 'we're all the same here', Claes explodes - rightly feeling that the loss of a child is different to that of a parent - and they leave. The incident doesn't bring them any closer together however and this is one of the main themes of the film: how, by not talking about their feelings they make things worse for themselves. And they don't talk, not to each other, not to their friends who are at a loss as to how to cope with them and not to their work colleagues. Both proudly insist they can carry on as normal while in fact acting most unprofessionally and almost destroying their careers.

As well as seeing how the accident affects Claes and Britt and those close to them we also get some insight into the life of the driver who killed their daughter. This person is also broken but the film maker doesn't make us feel particular sympathy for them.

I thought this was a very good portrayal of grief and how it can wreck people's lives if not dealt with properly. I would have given it five stars save for one incident which I felt was unrealistic - won't say more as I don't want to leave a spoiler. On the whole though, a very good film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting 14 Feb 2012
A moving, powerful film. Deals with some very challenging issues in a more honest way than a lot of mainstream films have done. Gritty, real and compelling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sad, very true 1 Jun 2012
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Scandinavian films are more harsch in general, not wrapping things up. This drama about a drunk driver killing a teenager shows the dramatic consequences on others and how each of them deal with those emotions. A lot of psychology and integrity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully sad 5 April 2013
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Losing a child has to be the all time worst nightmare. It breaks apart more than just a family unit. It crashes everything and this movie depicts that in all its sadness and redemption.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Danish film.. 19 Feb 2012
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I came to this film via the actors. As with other Danish films, I found the quality of the filming and the capability of the acting high. The viewer is very aware of facial expressions and they make powerful use of expression, sweating and minute body detail, which gives a sense of reality, which makes the pain more poignant. This style does help to make the people seem real. This combined with the concentration and focus required when watching a film with subtitles does make the viewer feel very involved. On the other hand I found the film to be almost like a draft version of a film, perhaps a dress rehearsal and there was a certain lack of depth, although the rawness of feeling of the characters was well illustrated. Plus point - thank you for not producing the Hollywood 'happy ever after ending'. Minus point: somehow it failed to captivate overall although there were some very good scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
this was so beautifully made,took you through the torment that each character felt. The structure of the film was so different which made is that much more interesting to watch.
Published 1 month ago by meg cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Danish Adult Drama
not all movies should just entertain. this is a serious, high quality work, covering some hard issues with compassion and deep understanding. fantastic acting.
Published 2 months ago by N. A., Algor
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of grieff and loss and love
Very good film about a couple loosing their child to a drunken car driver and then the need for revenge. All the human issues are covered. Well done.
Published 4 months ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving experience
An extremely moving tale of loss and extreme grief and the constant fight to keep hold of a marriage challenged by this experience. Highly recommended.
Published 7 months ago by Miss K H Lind
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly beautiful
The writer here understands pain so well. The director here expresses the pain with such beauty. This film here is small Nordic masterpiece.
Published 9 months ago by James Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars A Load of Rubbish
This was so stupid in its portrayall. Why on earth was it made. The producer must have had nothing else to create and the script was bloody daft.
Published 12 months ago by nomad
4.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath
It was interesting but nowhere near up to the standard of 'The Killing' but she,Sophia, is an excellent actress. I shall look out for more of her DVDs.
Published 13 months ago by Shirley Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan of European cinema
I have yet to see this movie but Sofie Grabol was fabulous in The Killing and I have a good collection of films from France, Italy, Spain and Denmark.
Published 13 months ago by carol wickow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anatomy of loss.
This is a 2004 film from actress and director Paprika Steen originally released as `Lad de små børn'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tommy Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing.
Very moving but not what I would call realistic. some parts of the story line were, in my opinion, a little far fetched.
Published 14 months ago by Brian Reeve
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