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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas brilliant in Kandidaten, 29 Feb 2012
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This review is from: The Candidate ( Kandidaten ) (DVD)
Yet another well acted, well shot Danish film! Nikolaj Lie Kaas The Shooter ( Skytten )stars as young lawyer Jonas Bechmann searching for the truth behind the death of his lawyer father twelve months prior. Jonas is determined to prove that jailed crime boss Claes Kiehlert (Kim Bodnia Bron / Broen / The Bridge Series 1 Episodes 1 - 10 / Those Who Kill - Series 1 [DVD]) is responsible and sets out to prove his guilt.
Tuva Novotny plays Jonas's girlfriend Camilla who has become tired of the deterioration of their relationship since his father's death. Starting out playing a moaning child in the Swedish nightly soap Skilda Världar (Swedish version of Australia's Sons and Daughters) in the late 1990s, Novotny now seems to play the girlfrined role in Danish films such as Simon & Malou (No Time for Love) (Region 2) (Import) andTruth About Men ( Sandheden om mænd ). Novotny plays her part well and is equalled by the efforts of Laura Christensen (Aftermath [DVD]) as Louise, the girl Jonas meets one night setting out a chain of terror for Jonas. The next morning following their meeting Jonas discovers Louise dead.
An ingenious film which kept me guessing until the end, Kandidaten is just over 90 minutes long. The time spent watching this flew by.
Viewers of recent Danish drama acquisitions on BBC4 and ITV3 will recognise a few faces in this piece. Swedish actor David Dencik (Those Who Kill / Brotherhood [DVD]) plays Michael, Jonas's drinking friend. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Katrine - Borgen - Series 1 [DVD] / Julie - en kamp om kærlighed) pops up briefly as Louise's friend. Henning Valin (soon to be seen as policeman Jesper Andersson in The Bridge) plays another policeman, and Iben Dorner (Sanne - Borgen / Benedicte - Those Who Kill) pops up as a legal assistant.
Nikolaj Lie Kaas is currently filming for the upcoming third series of The Killing - Series 1-3 [DVD]]. If he is as good in that as he is in this, it will certainly be worth a watch!
Kandidaten is entirely in Danish with English subtitles and is co-production involving Danish TV2 produced in 2008. Extras on the disc include brief introductions to each character (in English) with a trailer for the film and a short teaser.
Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another excellent danish thriller, 15 July 2013
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I always love films with Nickolas lie Kaas and this is another great Saturday night movie . He plays the lawyer who is grieving for his father and believes the death is suspicious and then he makes the fatal mistake of getting drunk in a bar after a fight with his girl friend ... yes the story is a little incredible at times but it moves at a quick pace and there are some surprises along the way . I could just imagine it as a remake with Harrison Ford ! Copenhagen has never looked better and my other fav Kim Bodnia pops up as a gangster baddy . Total scandi joy .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Framed, 6 Nov 2013
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"Framed and blackmailed for a brutal murder, defense attorney Jonas Bechmann (Nikolaj Lie Kaas - Murk, The Killing, Brothers etc.) frantically searches for the people who've set him up. But Jonas finds himself ensnared in a game of cat-and-mouse whose trail leads to his own father's mysterious death."

I liked this movie. It was well acted and well told throughout even if it has some plot holes and the bad guy is easy to spot. 3.5 stars and well worth an evening on the sofa.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie, 13 Jun 2011
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Nikolaj Lie Kaas s a good actor from Denmark. ( from angels and demons as assassin , from reconstruction as alex ). There is always a quality of his starring films . a remarkable film with immersive scenario .
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