Danish Movie Festival: Silent Heart

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Last week, I had the chance to attend one of the movies featured in the Danish movie festival. It was free and was shown in the Shang Cineplex, it’s a project of Cinema Bravo. I am lucky to find a seat, it was a full house!

The movie is about euthanasia. A family gathers over the weekend to celebrate life and to say goodbye to a loved one. Esther (Ghita Nørby) who suffers from an incurable disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and with the help of her husband Poul (Morten Grunwald) has chosen to pursue euthanasia when the weekend is over. Towards the end of the movie, Esther’s decision becomes more difficult to handle for the daughters Heidi (Paprika Steen) and Sanne (Danica Curcic), as old conflicts come to the surface. The film was directed by Bille August, he won twice in the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Pelle the Conqueror (1987) and The Best Intentions (1992). He also directed one Oscar nominated performance: Max von Sydow in Pelle the Conqueror(1987).

The movie is unlike the Philippine culture that it caused a reaction from the audience. The movie was thought provoking which gave me an idea that if ever I am in the same situation as Esther, I’d much prefer to say goodbye the same way. It was a thoughtful, graceful and a peaceful way to die.