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04.03, - 16:00, Lumiere
06.03, - 23:15, Cinema House
Director:  Paprika Steen
European Screen
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Denmark, 2004, 104 min, color

Young professional couple Britt and Claes lost their daughter several months ago in a traffic accident. Estranged by grief, each tries to deal with the loss in separate ways. Unable to talk with anyone about her pain, Britt throws herself into her social work. Finding some solace in others misfortune, she becomes personally involved in a case, precariously transcending her professional boundaries. Although Claes talks almost incessantly about his daughters death, he gains little relief, believing no-one can understand how he feels. Forced to take compassionate leave because of inappropriate behaviour at work, it soon becomes apparent that the only way he can confront his grief is by taking revenge on others.

Aftermath has an ice-cool minimalist look, with a raw emotional heart. At once starkly stylish and yet deeply moving, it is an honest, intelligent and considered attempt to show some of the more unpleasant facets of grief. First-time director Steen (familiar to many from her roles in Open Hearts and Festen) has an innovative and confident visual style, creating a powerful sense of isolation, pain and foreboding.
Sarah Lutton

Danish actress Paprika Steen was born in 1964 in Copenhagen. She graduated from theatre acting school in Odense. The idea of directing came to me before I became an actress, but resurfaced in a big way after several years on the stage. It was never an ambition of mine: it was a dream. I didnt know if I was capable of it, but I am fascinated by the technical aspects. She has won a number of acting awards in her native Denmark, and she directs for both stage and screen. Aftermath is her first feature.
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