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Aftermath [DVD]


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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: 17,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Xavier De Blocq on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Apple-eater on 19 Mar 2012
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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 11 people found the following review helpful By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 5 May 2012
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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 By MagicalLeap on 14 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. A., Algor on 22 May 2014
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not all movies should just entertain. this is a serious, high quality work, covering some hard issues with compassion and deep understanding. fantastic acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TVR-Andy on 9 Mar 2014
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss K H Lind on 14 Dec 2013
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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.
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