AKA: The Day Will Come
Directed by: Jesper W. Nielsen
Starring: Harald Kaiser Hermann (Elmer), Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt (Erik), Lars Mikkelsen (Heck), Sofie Gråbøl (Lilian), Lars Ranthe (Toft), Søren Sætter-Lassen (Aksel), Solbjørg Højfeldt (Mrs. Oskarson), David Dencik (Inspector), Sonja Richter (Mother)
Country: Denmark; Effed Up Scandinavian Movies
Language: Danish (Eng Subs); Effed Up European Films
Genres: Based on a True Story Childhood, Misery-Depressing, Abuse, Old-Young
Plot – Spoilers:
Der Kommer En Dag is set in a Denmark when women didn’t earn as much as men for the same job and when children from a certain segment of society were considered riffraff, fit only for being groomed into the working class.
Brothers, Erik and Elmer, with a track record of petty offences are shunted into a state-run home when their mother falls sick. Typical of how such institutions are often depicted in cinema, the master is a cruel disciplinarian who chooses to ignore the sexual abuse his tyranny fosters. Except here, this film is true and based on the abuse that occurred in Danish state homes for over three decades, up until the ’70s. The uncovered details were so bad that the Danish PM publicly apologized in 2019 to surviving victims.