The life insurance

Jacob Thuesen, Denmark, 2002

35 min.DK/Short fiction

Ashley, an insurance salesman working for a wobbly company, receives a visit from Volmer Tafdrup, an unpleasant businessman, who is taking out a life insurance policy worth DKK 35 million. Ashley, who has few social skills, is paranoid, and has a poor memory, is assisted by Judith, his ever loyal secretary, who also has major psychiatric problems including a huge black hole in her heart which she is always talking about. Volmer Tafdrup chokes on a plum and dies just after he has signed, and Ashley's company faces a DKK 35 million pay-out. Panic spreads. Bankruptcy, unemployment, and a rapid descent down society's ladder are imminent, and the ever loyal Judith decides to rescue them all from the abyss. However, the crash is inevitable and perhaps it is well deserved ...
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Livsforsikringen
Danish title Livsforsikringen
Keywords Loneliness
Director Jacob Thuesen
Screenplay Line Knutzon
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Lars Skree
Editor Nicolaj Monberg
Composer Nikolaj Egelund
Appearance Sofie Gråbøl, Kurt Ravn, René Benjamin Hansen, Søren Malling
Production country Denmark
Production company Fine & Mellow
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales TV 2 World
Technical info color
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Fine & Mellow
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Jacob Thuesen


Script Line Knutzon


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær


Cinematography Lars Skree


Stills Jens Stoltze


Editing Nicolaj Monberg


Music Nikolaj Egelund


Appearance Sofie Gråbøl
Appearance Kurt Ravn
Appearance René Benjamin Hansen
Appearance Søren Malling
Appearance Lars Simonsen
Appearance Anders Hove

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Award Year Festival
Special Mention 2003 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2003

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2003-08-11
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