Paprika Steen, Denmark, 2004

104 min.DK/Feature

How does one bear the unbearable? That is the question for Claes and Britt, a couple in their mid-thirties who lost their only child in a car accident five months ago. They are now struggling in separate ways to overcome their grief. Britt cannot talk about it, Claes can hardly talk about anything else. Britt buries herself in her job as a social worker and gets involved with a young single mother and her baby, far exceeding the bounds of professional interest. Claes is unable to function at work and is sent home on leave. He does not tell Britt, but starts spending his days stalking the woman who ran their daughter over. The situation is highly unstable for all of them. When Britt clashes with the young mother and Claus finally confronts the woman, it becomes clear that revenge cannot conquer grief.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Lad de små børn...
Danish title Lad de små børn...
Director Paprika Steen
Screenplay Kim Fupz Aakeson
Director of Photography Erik Zappon
Editor Anne Østerud
Sound Kim Dalum, Morten Degnbol
Composer Nikolaj Steen
Production designer Peter Grant
Casting Anja Philip
Appearances Sofie Gråbøl, Mikael Birkkjær, Søren Pilmark, Lena Endre
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordisk Film
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
International sales TrustNordisk / Filmbyen 22 / 2650 Hvidovre / t +45 3686 8788 / f +45 3677 4448 / info@trustnordisk.com / www.trustnordisk.com
Technical info 35 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color, Dolby, SRD
Danish theatrical release 26.03.2004
Cinemas Dagmar, Palladium, Albertslund Biograferne, Grand, Gladsaxe Bio, BioCity (Tåstrup), Baltoppen Bio 1-2, Gentofte Kino, Bio Værløse, Empire, Kinopalæet (Lyngby) samt 26 biografer i provinsen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production company Nordisk Film
Executive Producer Nordisk Film A/S
Domestic distribution Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


Direction Paprika Steen
Casting Anja Philip
Extras coordinator Violetta Wodnicki


Script Kim Fupz Aakeson


Production Thomas Heinesen
Executive producer Kim Magnusson
Line producer Christel C. D. Karlsen


Cinematography Erik Zappon


Still photographer Erik Aavatsmark


Editing Anne Østerud


Music Nikolaj Steen

Production design

Production designer Peter Grant


Wardrobe Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen


Makeup Susanne Søbye


Sound engineer Kim Dalum
Sound engineer Morten Degnbol


Britt Sofie Gråbøl
Claes Mikael Birkkjær
Niels Søren Pilmark
Vivi Lena Endre
Annette Karen-Lise Mynster
Malene Laura Christensen
Chef Lars Brygmann
Ulrik Carsten Bjørnlund
Praktikant Sarah Secher Ernst
Appearance Henrik Birch

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Baltic Film Prize 2004 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2004
Special Prize 2004 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2004
Best Actress 2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004
Special Mention 2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Haifa International Film Festival 2005-10-18
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2005-04-12
Vilnius International Film Festival 2005-04-01
Sofia International Film Festival 2005-03-04
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2004-11-27
Stockholm International Film Festival 2004-11-18
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2004-11-04
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2004-11-04
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2004-10-22
London Film Festival 2004-10-20
Busan International Film Festival 2004-10-07
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2004-10-05
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2004-09-23
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2004-08-20
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004-07-02
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