Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Director: Jesper W. Nielsen
Written by: Søren Sveistrup
Stars: Lars Mikkelsen, Sofie Gråbøl, Harald Kaiser Hermann, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt
“The year is 1967, and a blooming youth culture is on the rise. In a working-class neighbourhood of Copenhagen, two inseparable brothers, Elmer and Erik – are removed from their ill mother and put in the Gudbjerg Home for Boys, a place frozen in time.
Here, Headmaster Heck practices his own brand of philosophy and regulation. Unruly boys are transformed into obedient citizens at any cost. From their very first day, the boys understand that their freedom is lost and a daily struggle for survival has begun.”
This is now on Netflix, divided into three episodes. It’s superb. There’s something old fashioned about it, in a good way. All the actors are excellent.
It’s strange to think that that was Denmark in the late 60’s. We think of ourselves in Europe as being so terribly advanced. Meanwhile abuses like that were happening everywhere. Ireland, Spain, the UK, Switzerland. Our sense of children’s rights, of human rights, is really in its infancy.