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Heartfelt take on a couple's grief,
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This review is from: Aftermath [DVD] (DVD)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. One of Denmark's finest actors, Lars Brygmann (Labour minister Troels Höxenhaven - Borgen / DI Thomas la Cour - Unit One: Season 1 [DVD]), appears as Britt's boss.
This is probably the last Danish film I'll see this year (hardly any days left!). Since watching The Killing - Series 1 [DVD]  back in January on BBC4, I have seen a quite a few. I've yet to be disappointed!
Birkkjær also appears in BBC4's 2012 offering Borgen - Series 1 [DVD] starting on 7 January.
The BBFC have classified this film as an 18 and their Consumer Advice statement for it explains that it is because it "Contains strong sexual violence, sex references and racist language".
Three other films I recommend for fans of Sofie and Mikael are Sofie's first ever film from 1986 The Wolf at the Door ( Gauguin, le loup dans le soleil ) ( Oviri ) and a 2005 film with Mikael in the lead role Springet as well as Mikael in Værelse 304 (Room 304) Import (English subtitles) where he stars with Borgen sctress Stine Stengade. Worth a watch!