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This Life (2012)

Hvidsten gruppen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 March 2012 (Denmark)
The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Marius Fiil
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Gudrun Fiil
Thomas Ernst ... Niels Fiil
Laura Winther Møller Laura Winther Møller ... Gerda Fiil
Marie Bach Hansen ... Tulle Fiil
Jesper Riefensthal Jesper Riefensthal ... Peter Sørensen
Mia Ejlerskov Mia Ejlerskov ... Bitten Fiil
Bjarne Henriksen ... Albert Carlo Iversen
Janus Kim Elsig Janus Kim Elsig ... Henning Andersen (as Janus Elsig)
Henrik Vestergaard ... Johan Kjær
Niels Lund Boesen Niels Lund Boesen ... Niels Kjær (as Niels Boesen)
Arne Siemsen Arne Siemsen ... Søren Kristensen
Morten Christensen Morten Christensen ... Knud Christensen
Jakob Svarre Juhl Jakob Svarre Juhl ... Jens Stenz (as Jakob Svarre)
Peder Holm Johansen Peder Holm Johansen ... Anders Steensgaard
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The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.

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some must die so that others may live

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

This Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Hvidsten, Denmark

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,544,192
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Regner Grasten Film See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On January 11th 2019, it was announced on TV2's Eastern Jutland news that a sequel is in the making. They expect to start filming in April of 2020 and hope for a premiere in October that same year. The reason for the long wait is that a lot of research has to be done and it's not easy to come by because WWII became a taboo subject after Denmark's Liberation. They want to film in Spring, so that the season fits when it was announced that the Germans were pulling out which was on the eve of May 4th 1945. The next day, Denmark was liberated. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes the women are preparing meals in the kitchen, while the men are playing cards. Both places the radios were switched on and you immediately hear the transmission of the speech of the Prime Minister. Before the invention of the transistor the components in a radio would need some ten seconds, before they were warm enough to work properly and make the transmission work. Although you heard the Prime Minister nearly at once after the radios were switched on. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Live fra Bremen: Episode #6.6 (2012) See more »

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Realistically told true story
21 June 2015 | by OJTSee all my reviews

This Danish film telling the story about the Hvidsten group which was one of the groups which made a proud effort against the German occupiers when Denmark was under German rule.

The every day life during the war is very well depicted in this film, which has a great realistic feel, all over. This in the best Danish tradition of drama film making. Top notch play by leading native actors make this a very see-worthy film. Still, I think this film will have difficulty in finding an appreciative non-Danish audience. Though it should. If you like a realistically told story, this is it. They were absolute amateurs, working for the case they believed in, while hunted by the Germans.

I like the way the film depicts the every day life combined with the element of resistance and war. The film is at times nerve wrecking. I find it interesting how the resistance did their work. A solid film, which starts slow, but takes control over your emotions before you know it! Just like Danish film making almost always do.


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