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The Secret

Original title: Hemmeligheden
German title: Familiengeheimnis
96 min
Youth Film
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


2012 | Youth Film

Additional Information
Deutsch (UT), Englisch (UT)
Bo Tengberg
Anne Østerud
Halfdan E
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.

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