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Directed by Nils Malmros

Denmark 2013 107 mins. In Danish

In Malmros’s moving autobiographical film, a meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness, Johannes, a filmmaker, is married to Signe, a schoolteacher. Together, they experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. When Johannes returns from a trip, he discovers that Signe—not out of spite or hate but out of a sense of despair and loneliness and psychosis—has killed their infant child during a psychotic fit. Johannes doesn’t judge her but tries to come to grip with all the ways he has failed her without ever meaning any harm. Her students and their parents want her back, and only the State and its representatives need to be convinced that society needs this woman. This year’s Danish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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