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Submarino (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 2011 (USA)
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Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director:

Thomas Vinterberg

Writers:

Jonas T. Bengtsson (novel), Tobias Lindholm (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav Fischer Kjærulff Gustav Fischer Kjærulff ... Martin
Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Lille Nick
Mads Broe Andersen Mads Broe Andersen ... Lillebror (as Mads Broe)
Jakob Cedergren ... Nick
Peter Plaugborg Peter Plaugborg ... Martins far
Patricia Schumann ... Sofie
Morten Rose Morten Rose ... Ivan
Henrik Strube Henrik Strube ... Jimmy Gule
Helene Reingaard Neumann Helene Reingaard Neumann ... Mona
Dar Salim ... Goran
Esther Hancock Esther Hancock ... Nabokonen Vørle
Henrik Petersen Henrik Petersen ... Forsvareren
Lisbeth H. Pedersen Lisbeth H. Pedersen ... Sagsbehandler (as Lisbeth Holm Pedersen)
Elias Ehlers Elias Ehlers ... Carsten
Sebastian Sebastian ... Baby
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As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. He drinks, lives in a shelter and tries to help an old friend. When their mother dies, Nick meets his brother at the funeral. The brother, who remains nameless, is a single father to a young boy, but also supports a drug habit that is spiraling out of control. When an opportunity presents itself, he becomes a drug dealer to secure his son's future. Eventually, the two brothers meet again. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Nogle gange vil fortiden ikke give slip (Sometimes the past won't let go)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na dnu See more »

Filming Locations:

Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Submarino is the name of a common torture method among the world's prisons, the prisoner is hanged upside down with the head inside a recipient full of water, feces, urine among other things. The movie takes this as a metaphor because all the characters are sunk into violence, alcoholism, drug addiction and twisted sex and, in those situations, is very difficult to breathe. See more »

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Features The Big Class Reunion (1998) See more »

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Hollow Talk
Written by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, Anders Rhedin & Fridolin Nordsø (as Fridolin Nordsø)
Performed by Choir of Young Believers
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2 April 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I have not read the novel, and barely knew that this was based upon one. This film is like a splinter in your heart, from the first frame to the last. It is pushed to the limit of what we can handle of authentic misery. The social realism, so unrelenting, such rich detail to it, and none of it strains credulity. I was interested in this from when I first heard of it, and when I found out it was by Thomas Vinterberg, the man behind Festen and Dear Wendy, I knew I would watch this. He does wonders with the editing and the cinematography, creating a bleak and mundane(not to be confused with ugly or boring) feel to the visuals, matching the lives of the people we are witnessing and their environment. The camera stays "in the background", letting what we see speak for itself. This has impeccable writing, the events, the dialog(and its delivery), the crowning little touches, it's all excellent. In the end, what truly makes this work beyond belief is the amazing acting from everyone(who are all perfectly cast, as well), and that definitely also goes for the children(who, might I add, are charming and sweet kids, too, including the baby; seriously, can't you count on one hand the infants in movies that are *genuinely* cute? This is one of the only ones, in over a century of the medium), who deliver some of the most astonishing performances seen from ones around that age. Honestly, there is perhaps one single(and entirely understandable) moment that isn't completely convincing, but everything that comes before or since is. In spite of all that we see them do, we sympathize with the credible and well-developed characters. There is a lot of disturbing content, a bit of violence, some sexuality and infrequent strong language in this. I recommend this to anyone mature enough for the subject matter, at least if you can handle it. 10/10


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