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The Day Will Come | Der kommer en dag 

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.”

Source: The Day Will Come | Der kommer en dag – NORDIC DRAMA

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.

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16 comments on “The Day Will Come | Der kommer en dag 

  1. Hariod Brawn
    June 13, 2017

    “Our sense of children’s rights, of human rights, is really in its infancy.” 😉

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    • Terrible though, isn’t it?

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      • Esme upon the Cloud
        June 13, 2017

        It seems incredible that so called civilisation has been apparently going for so long and yet human rights, children’s rights, the very basics of treating people fairly is barely organised and recognised.

        – Esme nodding and noting down the name of the series upon the Cloud

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      • Just consider this latest turmoil in British politics in more general terms. Theresa May thought spending 135 million on an opportunistic election was entirely acceptable behaviour. That whilst imposing crippling cuts on things like mental health care. Something that, as an Official Crazy myself, I think is outrageous.

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      • Hariod Brawn
        June 13, 2017

        Your pun? Yes, it’s terrible. 😉

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      • Hariod Brawn
        June 13, 2017

        No, seriously, the abuse by some schools affiliated to the Catholic Church in Ireland was utterly appalling, inhumane and despicable in the 60s and before. A friend of mine, a mature man now in his 60s, can’t talk to me about the abuse he suffered without trembling in rage; the fear as alive as is almost frightening. And justified. Time doesn’t heal wounds like that.

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      • Hariod Brawn
        June 13, 2017

        Yes, and now she wants a pact with the DUP! John Major even piped up about it. It’s as if British politics was all MayDUP.

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  2. boyslikeme
    June 13, 2017

    Heartbreaking, heartwarming and thought provoking!

    Abusers/psychopaths/criminals – almost all created in childhood

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  3. Bela Johnson
    June 13, 2017

    I can’t remember the last film you directed me to, but it was a good one. And although this one looks good, it’s matter too close to the bone – my father was abused by priests and became a perpetrator, himself to his own children. There’s far too much of this going on still – victimization just because they can. Meanwhile, entire lives are destroyed. Still, it’s good that it’s gaining public awareness on whatever level. I still think sick bahavior will go on as long as human life exists. So maybe Mother Earth will finally rear up and breathe fire and ice and be done with this failed experiment. See you on the flip side, then 😉

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  4. acflory
    June 14, 2017

    We’re still going through our own investigations here in Australia, and it hasn’t been pretty. Every single institution that has ever had anything to do with children en masse has been found guilty of harbouring paedophiles/abusers.

    I think some paedophiles are born not made, so while they’re not responsible for their urges, they /are/ responsible for their actions. [Sorry, I know that’s a very Catholic philosophy]. Acknowledging that they exist means also acknowledging that some environments are tailor made for abuse.

    Given the global nature of the problem, I suspect we can safely point the finger of blame at the institutions themselves. All have created environments in which perpetrators were allowed to flourish. Those environments should never be allowed to happen. Prevention rather than cure. 😦

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    • Bela Johnson
      June 14, 2017

      And let the priests have sex, for godssake. I don’t care if its a papal gangbang, just keep the kids out of the room. Men were never designed to be celibate by sheer physiology. If they choose later in life to do so, let it be organic, not imposed by an institution’s fucked up warped sense of ‘holiness.’

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      • acflory
        June 14, 2017

        Amen. Unfortunately, the abuse isn’t restricted to so-called celibate Catholic priests. Of course, there are an awful lot of /them/. 😦

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      • Bela Johnson
        June 14, 2017

        Yes of course. Understood.

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  5. appletonavenue
    June 15, 2017

    It’s like the US, where White people believe racism is gone. Tolerance is a tough sell.

    Liked by 1 person

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