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by Bille August


Three generations of a family gather for Esther’s final weekend – she has a terminal illness, a type of sclerosis, which can only get worse. It has already paralysed her left hand and makes it very hard for her to walk, and when it is advanced, she would end up as not much more than a vegetable. She has decided to put an early end to it, with the help of her doctor husband, Poul, who knows just the right combination of medicines to euthanise her painlessly. 

international title: Silent Heart
original title: Stille hjerte
country: Denmark
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Bille August
screenplay: Christian Torpe
cast: Paprika Steen, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Albinus, Danica Curcic
producer: Jesper Morthorst
production: SF Film Production ApS
backing: The Danish Film Institute, SF Film A/S, TV2 Danmark, FilmFyn


main awards/selection

Danish Bodil Awards 2015Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay
Shanghai International Film Festival 2015

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