The detectives are working to put away long-term offender Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who they find living with a woman comatose on drugs and their neglected newborn. In these early scenes, Bier positions class, morality and judgement front and centre for her police protagonists and the audience. It's a technique that pays dividends as the narrative progresses and the moral slope becomes increasingly slippery for Andreas.
Using the emotionally charged subject matter of parenting as the fulcrum on which each of the narratives orbit, Bier and her longtime screenwriting partner Anders Thomas Jensen, draw the audience ever deeper into a world of moral subjectivity. As each thread elongates we are forced to question who deserves a second chance and what’s the price we must pay for redemption.
Susanne Bier came to international prominence through the Dogme movement when her 2006 film, After the Wedding starring Mads Mikkelsen, was nominated for an Academy Award. Working in both Hollywood and her native Denmark over the years, Bier has built her reputation on crafting taut dramas with exceptional performances that examine human control, catastrophe and familial fractures. A Second Chance is no exception and again proves why Bier is regularly cited as one of contemporary cinema’s most accomplished directors.
A Second Chance (En chance til)
24 Sep - 4 Oct
In the latest film by Academy Award®-winning director Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Open Hearts), the lives of a loving middle-class couple are thrown when tragedy strikes. Detective Andreas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from TV's Game of Thrones) seemingly has it all, a picturesque home, beautiful wife and newborn son. In contrast his policing partner, Simon (Ulrich Thomsen), is a recent divorcee whose life is on the slide.