Jenny and the Soldier

Jenny and the Soldier

DVD Cover for the film
Soldaten og Jenny
Directed by Johan Jacobsen
Produced by John Olsen
Written by Johan Jacobsen
C.E. Soya
Starring Poul Reichhardt
Bodil Kjer
Music by Kai Møller
Cinematography Aage Wiltrup
Edited by Anker Sørensen
Release dates
30 October 1947 (Denmark)
1948 (United States)
Running time
92 min.
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Jenny and the Soldier (Danish: Soldaten og Jenny) is a 1947 Danish dramatic film written and directed by Johan Jacobsen. The black-and-white film is based on the 1940 stage play Brudstykker af en mønster (English: Fragments of a Pattern) written by Danish playwright Carl Erik Soya. The gritty romantic drama received critical praise for its authentic portrayal of everyday life. Jacobsen received the very first Bodil Award for Best Danish Film, while both Poul Reichhardt and Bodil Kjer were awarded Bodils for their leading roles. Jenny and the Soldier is one of the ten films listed in Denmark's cultural canon by the Danish Ministry of Culture.[1]


Two common working-class people, Robert and Jenny, meet one day in a bar. After Robert defends Jenny against her date, a district attorney's chauffeur, who is trying to get her drunk, they begin a relationship. She soon discovers that she will be tried in court for an abortion she needed a few years previously. Her parents disown her and she loses her job as a saleswoman. Robert stays with her, admitting his own responsibility for killing someone when he was 17 years old. Distraught at the thought of going to prison, Jenny convinces Robert to commit suicide with her. Just as she is planning the suicide, her lawyer comes and announces that the case has been dropped—the case had been delayed too long while the district attorney was in the hospital after his chauffeur has caused an automobile accident. The film ends with the couple declaring that in spite of their ancient unfortunate circumstances, they have at least one another, after which they embrace each other.



  1. Christian Monggaard, Skygger fra fortiden, Kultur Kanon, Kultur Ministeriet retrieved 22-06-2010
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