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Out of Tune

Country: Denmark, Language: Danish, 89 mins

Original Title

De Frivillige
  • Director: Frederikke Aspöck
  • Writer: Lars Husum
  • Producer: Lars Bredo Rahbek; Senia Dremstrup; Anna Malmkjær Willumsen

CGiii Comment

Comedy and tragedy go hand in hand in this story about an absurdist power struggle set in a remand penitentiary. While he awaits trial, manipulative celebrity entrepreneur Markus Føns enters custody after being accused of financial fraud. His imperious attitude, however, doesn’t go over well with either the prison staff or the general population. Before long, a bruised and shaken Markus requests voluntary isolation in the ward that houses the prison’s most vulnerable inmates, including pedophiles and rapists. As long as the detainees in the isolation ward obey the rules, they can fill their time in remand limbo with activities such as fitness or handicrafts, and receive financial and emotional rewards. But Markus, with his designer wardrobe and expensive lawyer, believes himself a breed apart and stirs up trouble by challenging the leadership of choir master Niels. Aided by a spot-on score and notable production and sound design, director Frederikke Aspöck achieves a tricky tonal balance and sets a snappy pace.


Cast & Characters

Jacob Lohmann as Markus Fons;
Anders Matthesen as Niels;
Christopher Laesso as Simon;
Morten Hebsgaard as Frank;
Soren Malling as Peter;
Finn Nielsen as Richard;
Jesper Groth as Soren;
Anders Brink Madsen as Morten;
Peder Thomas Pedersen as Jakob;
Signe Egholm Olsen as Bitten;
Elvir Ramovic as Mihai;
Sebastian Bull Sarning as Kenneth;
Henrik Noel Olesen as Carsten;
Ulla Henningsen as Strandgaard;
Petrine Agger as Linda;
Lukas Toya as Lars;
Ari Alexander as Faengselsbetjent 1;
Jacob Hojlev Jorgensen as Faengselsbetjent 2;
Katrine Baek Sorensen as Faengselsbetjent 3;
Chadi Abdul-Karim as Faengselsbetjent 4