How far would you go when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust?
World Movies stops in Denmark for week 3 of Storytellers: 30 Films From Around the Globe with Academy Award-winner Susanne Bier’s thriller, A Second Chance.
Described by The Guardian as a “faintly risible high-concept squeaker in which a cop with a perfect life crashes into the world of an abusive drug addict“, the film tells the story of detectives and best friends Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) and Simon (Ulrich Thomsen) who lead vastly different lives. Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; whilst Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club.
But all of that changes when the two men are called out to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple, where Andreas finds their baby son crying in a closet, unharmed yet abandoned.
Caught between his civic duties and his paternal instincts, Andreas faces his biggest moral dilemma yet.
This is a gentle, subtle film interlacing the lives and reactions of a husband, wife and best friend living through the same traumatic event. These interloping narratives are supported by gorgeous cinematography of the Scandinavian landscape.
Watch A Second Chance, Friday 18 November at 8.30pm part of World Movies Storytellers: 30 Films From Across the Globe, 8.30pm every night in November.