Manden Der Ville Vaere Skyldig (1990)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Countries - Denmark, France  |  
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In a bleak future strangely similar to that depicted in Fahrenheit 451, any form of literature (especially fiction) which depicts any taboo thought or emotions (including guilt) is quickly burned, if it somehow manages to get printed in the first place. In this story, Adam (Jesper Klein) is a writer whose works have come to the attention of the authorities, a sinister cabal of politicians and psychiatrists. One evening, his wife says things which make him believe she has been brainwashed into following the official view, and he flies into a rage and attacks her. He is taken away to a mental institution, all the while believing she is dead, and that he killed her. He is puzzled when he is released and told to get on with life. He can find no evidence that his wife or his son ever existed. In the course of looking for them, he seeks out his underground publisher. He was followed the whole time, and the publisher was the government's real quarry. He is reunited with his wife and child, and they appear to be one happy (if entirely vacuous) family again, but they surely know that they are being watched very closely. The story is based on a novel by Henrik Stangerup.