Let's Get Lost (1997 film)

Let's Get Lost

DVD cover for Let's Get Lost
Directed by Jonas Elmer
Produced by Per Holst
Written by Jonas Elmer
Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen
Bjarne Henriksen
Troels Lyby
Nicolaj Kopernikus
Music by Nikolaj Egelund
Povl Kristian
Cinematography Steffen Led Sørensen
Bo Tengberg
Edited by Mette Zeruneith
Distributed by Dansk Novellefilm
Det Danske Filminstitut
Release dates
September 19, 1997
Running time
96 min.
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Let's Get Lost is a 1997 Danish film written and directed by Jonas Elmer and produced by Per Holst. The film is a improvisational slice-of-life comedy shot in black and white. Elmer's script was only an outline which required the actors to improvise their roles and dialogue.[1]

Sidse Babett Knudsen made her film debut in the lead role of the character, Julie. Knudsen said she was not very good at improvisation and accepted the part only because she thought it would be a lightweight summer comedy.[2] The film became a breakout hit in Denmark and Knudsen received both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress.[3] Critics called Knudsen's performance dominating.[4] Film critic Kim Skotte of Politiken wrote that Knudsen had hit a new tone with a "special ability to capture the modern woman's uncertainty and strength."[5]

The film earned the 1998 Bodil Award for Best Danish Film and shared the Robert Award for Best Danish Film with Barbara.



  1. Peter Schepelern, "Internationalisering og dogme", 100 Års Dansk Film, Copenhagen; Rosinante, 2001 p. 343
  2. (Piil 2001, p. 240)
  3. Morten Piil, "Barbara versus Babett", Information, 10 March 1998
  4. (Piil 2001, p. 238)
  5. Kim Skotte, "Den Eneste Ene er et nyt kapitel i historien om den danske komedie", Politiken, 1 April 1999, written in Danish as "Med Let's Get Lost blev det slået fast, at dansk film i Sidse Babett Knudsen havde fået en skuespillerinde, som ramte en helt ny tone. En skuespillerinde med en særlig evne til at indfange den moderne kvindes usikkerhed og styrke."


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