Denmark (2017)

Denmark is set in a world of youth promiscuity, weed and alcohol, a world of a fluid social awareness based on the limitless availability of information and an undefined idea of morals and what emotions really mean. So it is not hard to imagine a situation in which 22-year-old skater Norge (Jonas Lindegaard Jacobsen) is suddenly seduced by 16-year-old Josefine (Frederikke Dahl Hansen), and only a few days later persuaded by her that she is pregnant by him. What is harder to expect is the way their relationship develops into a deep emotional connection, however frivolous it may appear in the given social context.

There are many films that explore wild and obliviously nihilistic youth, but what sets Denmark apart are the protagonists, who are far from shallow, remote or uninterested. […] Denmark is a multi-layered exploration of many oft-trodden topics connected to growing up in the modern Western world, with flesh-and-blood characters whose actions feel natural even when they are totally unexpected. […] Larsen’s hyper-realistic approach with an always hand-held camera, raw light and simple, unobtrusive editing brings us close to characters that are well-enough developed in the script for us to give them the benefit of the doubt – something we rarely do for social groups whose attributes we experience superficially and are quick to judge.

Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

  • Orig. title: Danmark
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Danish Film Institute
  • Cinematography: Claus Lill Haagedorn
  • Editing: Martin Nygaard Friis Hansen