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Coping with an overpowering sense of loss
Monday, September 19th, 2022

The germ of the idea for Forever, the Danish film that is competing in the Official Selection this year was a real case that its director Frelle Peterson was personally aware of, although he didn’t experience the trauma directly. A friend of his had lost a child and when he asked her how she felt and how she was coping with this loss, he could feel how difficult it was for her to express this. “There’s a huge taboo surrounding talking about the death of someone young,” Peterson explained at the press conference he gave after the screening of his film.

From that moment on, Peterson began to ask himself: “how does life continue after such an awful loss? How do these people deal with their grief afterwards? “My film addresses the various stages of grief. It’s something that we are all going to experience at a certain time. I’ve lost my grandparents, people who I was close to, although they were old, but never someone young. It’s really difficult for me to imagine.” The director and scriptwriter researched a lot of these situations and spoke to a lot of families that had gone through this to construct a story that he presents with enormous restraint, without any great emotional outbursts.

 

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