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Ordet (1955)

Drama 2h 5m 1955

“Guaranteed to make you levitate from your cinema seat in awe.” - Little White Lies

“A strange, wondrous and shocking work. Once seen, it’s unlikely to leave you.” - The Guardian

“Both emotionally and intellectually the picture is hypnotic, and some portions will nail the spectator to his seat.” - New York Times

A farmer’s family is torn apart by faith, sanctity, and love—one child believes he’s Jesus Christ, a second proclaims himself agnostic, and the third falls in love with a fundamentalist’s daughter. Putting the lie to the term “organized religion,” Ordet (The Word) is a challenge to simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy. Layering multiple stories of faith and rebellion, Dreyer’s adaptation of Kaj Munk’s play quietly builds towards a shattering, miraculous climax.


Carl Dreyer







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