Hard-hitting drama set in a Danish women's prison,
This review is from: In Your Hands (2004) ( Forbrydelser ) (DVD)
Director Annette K Olesen has recently contributed to the success of the first two series of DR's Borgen - Series 1 [DVD] with some excellent episodes, particularly 9 and 10. Olesen is the writer and director of this film produced in 2003 and also contributes to the extras featured on the disc including a Q&A and a brief chat with each of the main stars.
Borgen viewers will probably recognise two of the stars of Borgen Benedikte Hansen and Petrine Agger who appear in In Your Hands as inmates of the women's prison in which the story is set. Trine Dyrholm is fantastic playing the role of Kate Kristoffersen a transferee into the prison after getting into problems at another location. She soon alienates herself from the other women and seeks solace in the arms of one of the male prison guard, her contact officer played by Nicolaj Kopernikus.
Perfect performances by all the cast but none more so than the scenes involving Ann Eleonora Jørgensen who plays a priest, Anna. Anna applies for the temporary position filling in for an older male priest in the prison and shows a good empathy with the prisoners, if not a good understanding of the prison rules. Anna believes she may be pregnant after the suggestiuon is made to her by one of he inmates. Together with her partner we see how the pregnancy is dealt with and the moral dilemmas posed to Anna and her night-shift working partner. Anna decides to look into what crimes Kate has committed to land her into custody and then reacts in a way that an expectant mother may in her situation.
The film is certainly worth a re-watch, something I'll probably be doing later in the year. It was a joy to see two of the main stars of DR's The Killing - Series 1 [DVD]  (Jørgensen and Kopernikus) in different roles to the roles they would take on three years later which would win Jørgensen an award for Best Supporting Actress at the Crime Thriller Awards in 2011 in London for her role as griveing mother Pernille Birk Larsen. In this film Kopernikus plays a prison guard, somewhat different to his role of Vagn in The Killing.
Interestingly the Danish title of The Killing is FORBRYDELSEN (meaning The Crime) and the Danish title of this film is FORBRYDELSER (meaning Crimes).
Well worth a watch!