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by Nils Malmros


Winter, 1984 The film director Johannes returns home from a lecture only to face a catastrophe. His wife Signe has killed their 9-month-old daughter Maria. It is unbearable and incomprehensible that a beautiful, loving schoolteacher kills her own child. Johannes is forced to stay composed and - even more - try to protect Signe against a legal system, which may pass a heavy sentence on her. Johannes knows that Signe is vulnerable. He has seen her dark sides and fears that a possible indeterminate imprisonment sentence will put her in a hopeless situation. He will do anything to give Signe her life back. He believes that it happened through no fault of her own. If anyone is guilty, it is he himself and his focus on his film career. A series of flashbacks linked with conversations between Johannes and a psychiatrist may give us the key to understanding the tragedy...

international title: Sorrow and Joy
original title: Sorg og glæde
country: Denmark
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Nils Malmros
cast: Jakob Cedergren, Helle Fagralid, Nicolas Bro, Helle Hertz, Niels Weyde, Mads Hammer Larsen, Anders Brink Madsen
cinematography by: Jan Weincke
film editing: Birger Møller Jensen
art director: Susanne Buhl
costumes designer: Anne-Dorte Fischer
producer: Thomas Heinesen
co-producer: Stefan Frost, Henrik Underbjerg
production: Nordisk Film Production A/S, TV2 Danmark, Radiator Film
backing: Danish Film Institute
distributor: Nordisk Film A/S
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main awards/selection

Festival internazionale del film di Roma 2013 In Competition

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