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MANSLAUGHTER

Denmark, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Danmark Nu)

Director: Per Fly

MANSLAUGHTER

A major domestic box office and critical success, Manslaughter bears the hallmarks that have made recent Danish cinema substantial and constantly challenging.
Fifty-two-year-old Carsten (Jesper Christensen) is a popular, much-respected high school teacher. He is married to Nina and they have a son, Tobias.
Carsten is having an affair with a former student, Pil, who is an extreme left-wing activist. One night, Pil is part of a raid that goes wrong and a policeman is killed. Pil and two other activists are arrested. Carsten's affair is revealed and he leaves his stunned wife to devote all his resources to supporting Pil. But a policeman is dead, two families are destroyed and guilt begins to grow slowly but surely.
In portraying the disruption of Carsten's middle-class comfort and safety, Christensen's performance, the anchor for the film, goes beyond drama and heads towards the realm of great screen tragedy. Manslaughter confirms Per Fly as a major Scandinavian director.

D Per Fly P Ib Tardini S Kim Leona, Dorte Høgh, Mogens Rukov,
Per Fly WS Trust Film Sales L Danish w/English subtitles
TD 35mm/2005/103mins

Per Fly was born in Denmark in 1960. His films include The Bench (2000), Prop and Berta (2000) and The Inheritance (2003).

See also...

THE BENCH

Denmark, 2000
An incisive, witty and deeply moving drama about responsibility and solidarity. Per Fly's directorial debut tells the story of alcohol-ravaged Kaj in the sympathetic, straightforward style adopted in… More »

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