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(Denmark/2020—directed by Jeanette Nordahl)

When kindly aunt Bodil (Sidse Babett Knudsen, the morally impeccable Danish Prime Minister in the TV series Borgen) provides a home for her recently orphaned 17-year-old niece, Ida (Sandra Guldberg Kampp), it seems like a generous act of familial kindness, especially since the home is filled with physical tenderness and love. Outside the home, however, aunt Bodil is revealed to be the grande dame of a coldblooded crime family. Together with her three grown, unhinged sons, the family is in fact a violent, lawless gang that specializes in debt collection.

Kampp is riveting as the emotionally fragile, grieving young niece who is grateful to her new relations but understandably conflicted about their enterprise. When an unforeseen death tests the family and their loyalty to each other, the tension suggests that love and violence are sometimes impossible to separate. Ida is faced with the same question her mother faced before her: What are you willing to sacrifice for your family? In Danish with English subtitles. (88 minutes)

"A rare crime film that gives space to its women, Kampp is terrific as the timid teen, and the ever-excellent Knudsen, at once loving and ruthless, as the den mother... A taut, tense treat." - Empire Magazine

“An insidiously thrilling Scandi noir. It exerts a nasty grip.” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

 

 

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