Before the frost

As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer, Jens, and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ally with the neighbouring family in a marriage between his daughter and their son. However, when the rich farmer at a nearby farm wants to buy Jens’s land, he sees a chance to provide him and his family with an even better life.

This gripping drama is directed by Michael Noer, widely recognised as one of the most exciting young talents in Scandinavia. The complex character of Jens is brought to life by magnificent Danish actor Jesper Christensen, who masterfully conveys the imbalance of responsibility and egoism in an increasingly desperate man. Jens’ hunger is soon replaced by greediness as his life changes for the better – at the cost of the ones he initially tried to protect. A moving tale about the darkness, and the light, in all of us.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Før frosten
  • Director
    Michael Noer
  • Producer
    Matilda Appelin
  • Writers
    Jesper Fink
  • Actors
    Jesper Christensen, Clara Rosager, Magnus Krepper
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
  • Country
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    Nordisk Film Production
  • Distributor
    The Danish Film Institute