Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark 1955. 126mins.
Danish with English subtitles. Certificate 12
Heavens above, this film is good. Voted one of the best films ever made, Carl Dreyer’s heart-stopping parable on the power of faith centres around the Borgen family in rural Denmark.
Devout widower Morten has three sons. Mikkel, the eldest, has no faith, but is happily married to the pious Inger, who is pregnant with their third child. Johannes, who went insane studying Søren Kierkegaard, believes himself to be Jesus Christ and wanders the farm condemning the age’s lack of faith. The youngest son, Anders, is lovesick for the daughter of the leader of a local Christian religious sect.
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 5 December 2012
Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
Cost: £5 on the door (£3 members)
★★★★★ “Guaranteed to make you levitate from your cinema seat in awe.” LITTLE WHITE LIES
★★★★★ “ The strangeness of this gripping and eerie tragedy of the supernatural benefits in some ways from its theatrical style.” GUARDIAN
“By turns harrowing, creepy, weepy and inspiring, this emotionally charged tale of childbirth, grief and hope requires a viewer’s full attention but repays it in spades. The film’s tragic events and enigmatic ending could easily take you on a journey from tears to heart-soaring joy – and when was the last time a film did that?” CLOSE UP