A Second Chance (2014 film)

A Second Chance

Theatrical poster
En chance til
Directed by Susanne Bier
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ulrich Thomsen
Maria Bonnevie
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Lykke May Andersen
Music by Johan Söderqvist
Cinematography Michael Keith Snyman
Edited by Pernille Bech Christensen
Distributed by Nordisk Film
Release dates
  • 9 September 2014 (2014-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 15 January 2015 (2015-01-15) (Denmark)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

A Second Chance (Danish: En chance til) is a 2014 Danish thriller film directed by Susanne Bier. The film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[1][2]


Two police officers, Andreas and Simon, live very different lives. Where Andreas enjoys life with his beautiful wife and newborn child, Simon calms his pain from a broken marriage by going to strip clubs and getting drunk. A routine task takes an unexpected turn when they are called out to the home of a junkie-couple where Andreas finds a neglected baby. A family tragedy, the loss of their child, forces the otherwise upstanding Andreas to commit an act that sends him heading for the abyss, and leaves it up to Simon to rectify the situation.



The film raises questions like how far should you go if a child is in distress, and social services are not doing anything, and where is the limit for what you can to get his own desires fulfilled.[3]


  1. "Toronto Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. Leslie Felperin. "'A Second Chance' ('En Chance til'): Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. Silas Bay Nielsen (15 January 2015). "Bier om 'En chance til': Filmen viser vores fordomme om forældreskab". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 3 February 2015.

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