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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

The Secret


Original title: Hemmeligheden
German title: Familiengeheimnis
96 min
Youth Film
2012
2011
Denmark
from 14 years
2012 | German Premiere
Direction: Morten Køhlert
Script: Thomas Howalt, based on a play by Thomas Howalt
Cast: Nanna Koppel, Marta Holm Peschcke-Køedt

SCHLINGEL Year

2012 | Youth Film


Additional Information
Language
Dänisch
Subtitle
Deutsch (UT), Englisch (UT)
Camera
Bo Tengberg
Cut
Anne Østerud
Music
Halfdan E
Production
Toolbox Film

One cold January morning the three siblings Donna, age 16 years, Rianne, age 14 and Plet, age 11, find their mother lying dead on the kitchen floor with four tickets to the Caribbean isle Barbados in her hand. The Children decide to keep her death a secret and put her in the cold basement. Fearing to be separated, they don’t tell anybody that their mom is lying in the basement. When the neighbour Flejnert doesn’t stop to ask for Monika, Donna acts as if she was her mother. And after this phone call was successful, she tries again and again to play this role. However, keeping up appearances is demanding, particularly when family and friends, neighbours and an increasingly suspicious community try to intrude, all wanting to talk with their Mum. Gradually they discover that Mum had her secrets and there are indications that her chaotic life as pop Singer, Cherry Farmer and Housewife, were just a few sides of a colorful person.