Irish Film Institute -WILDLAND


Director: Jeanette Nordahl

88 mins, 2020, Denmark, Digital

The film is F-Rated.

After the sudden death of her mother in a car crash, introverted seventeen-year-old Ida (Sandra Guldberg Kampp) is alone. Despite her desire to live independently, Ida is despatched by social services to live with her long-estranged Aunt Bodil (Sidse Babett Knudsen, of Borgen fame), who has volunteered to be her new guardian, and her three teen-to-adult sons, cousins whom Ida barely knows. Middle son David (Elliott Crosset Hove) is an addict prone to frequent disappearances, whilst younger brother Mads (Besir Zeciri) works out all day, when not playing video games. Eldest brother Jonas (Joachim Feljstrup) is calmly authoritative. Bodil is cheery and affectionate and welcomes Ida to her comfortable home in the Danish suburbs. Something, however, is clearly awry in the seemingly close-knit family, a disquiet signalled by Bodil’s inappropriately intimate behaviour towards the boys, and it soon transpires that they are far less innocent than they might appear.

Notes by David O Mahony

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