Sort Host (1993)

Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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This dark melodrama overcomes its grim storyline through the rich and closely observed depiction of each of its characters, according to reviewers. Niels Uldahl-Ege (Ole Ernst) is a haughty and arrogant man, in addition to being impressively wealthy. He has power and authority in the nation and in his family, and uses it entirely to suit himself. His female servants are the mothers of several illegitimate children of his, and he can also boast of having a beautiful, elegant woman as his wife, and four entirely presentable daughters. Another good point about them, as far as he is concerned, is that they are all thoroughly cowed - except for his youngest daughter, who does not seem nearly as afraid of him as he feels she should be.