The Danish Double-Take

sofiemarinaFlipping through my TV listings magazine, I was pleasantly surprised to spot a photo of French auteur/actress Marina de Van in the “Highlights” section, and a slew of questions immediately raced through my mind, before my eyes could latch onto the explanatory text below the picture… “What film of hers are they showing?”… “Why didn’t I know about this before?”… “And why is she wearing that fugly jumper?” Well, turns out the answer to all those questions was “Shut up, you idiot!”, because it wasn’t actually Mlle de Van in the photo after all… it was acclaimed Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl, who is currently starring as criminal commissioner ‘Sarah Lund’ in a thriller series called The Killing (2007), on BBC4. Having Googled some more images of her, I still say there’s an uncanny resemblance between the two women… and since I’ve always found de Van very striking, I mean the comparison as a compliment to Gråbøl as well… but really the knitwear should have been a dead give-away! As far as I can tell from IMDb, De Van is currently working on a new film (Le Petit Poucet), as director and co-writer… while The Killing has spawned a couple of sequels, so Gråbøl is pretty busy at the moment too!

Meanwhile, all of this has made me nostalgic for the days when my local cinema used to show “foreign films” (and documentaries) on a Wednesday. I understand why they had to stop, of course, because there was hardly ever anyone there to watch them… but still, I can’t help lamenting their loss, especially now that Blockbuster have reduced their “World Cinema” section to two short shelves of ancient, well-worn discs. Le sigh…

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