The Girl With the Needle’ Review: The Girl With the Needle’ Review is based on the true story of the true story of Danish serial killer Dagmar Overbye, who was infamous for helping poor women kill their unwanted children. Overbye was sentenced to death in 1921, but her sentence was later given a life sentence, where the movie takes a hard turn on the forced pregnancy of an improvised tailor who falls in love with a rich noble. Including cast of Vic Carmen Sonne as Karoline, Joachim Fjelstrup as Peter, Karoline’s wealthy lover who abandons her and Trine Dyrholm as Dagmar, the candy-store owner and backstreet abortionist.

What is the Cast and Crew Of The Girl With the Needle?

Cast: Vic Carmen Sonne, Trine Dyrholm, Besir Zeciri, Avo Knox Martin, Joachim Fjelstrup, Tessa Hoder
Director: Magnus von Horn
Screenwriter: Magnus von Horn, Line Langebek

The Girl with the Needle (Danish: Pigen med nålen) is a 2024 crime drama film directed by Magnus von Horn, with a screenplay co-written by von Horn and Line Langebek. The film features Danish actress Vic Carmen Sonne in the lead role as Karoline, a tailor fighting with an unplanned pregnancy in post-WWI Copenhagen. Joachim Fjelstrup plays Peter, her wealthy lover who abandons her, while Trine Dyrholm portrays Dagmar, a sinister candy store owner and backstreet abortionist. The film’s narrative is loosely based on the true story of Danish serial killer Dagmar Overbye, notorious for aiding impoverished women in killing their unwanted children and later being sentenced to life in prison after initially receiving the death penalty in 1921. Premiering at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2024, the film competed for the prestigious Palme d’Or.

What Is the Story Of The Girl With the Needle?

Set in post-World War I Copenhagen during the early 1920s, “The Girl With the Needle” follows the gruelling journey of Karoline (Vic Carmen Sonne), a young and vulnerable tailor. The film opens with Karoline implicated in an illicit affair with a wealthy man, Peter (Joachim Fjelstrup). When Karoline becomes pregnant, Peter abandons her, unwilling to marry her and face the societal repercussions. Left alone and desperate, Karoline finds herself with only two heartbreaking options: to perform a dangerous self-induced abortion using a knitting needle or to carry the pregnancy to term and give the baby away. The latter option leads her to the Dagmar (Trine Dyrholm), a candy store owner who secretly runs a backstreet adoption agency.

The Girl With the Needle’ Review

“The Girl With the Needle” is based on forced pregnancy where it takes its take on desperate choices women faced in the early 20th century, and in this, which is present still today. However, the film’s relentless bleakness and its preference for style over substance prevent it from fully reverberating with its core message. What could have been a powerful exploration of resilience and despair instead becomes a cold, distant portrayal of suffering. Magnus von Horn’s “The Girl With the Needle” is an unflinching and haunting exploration of a young woman’s plight in post-WWI Copenhagen. Competing at Cannes, this film builds to a devastating climax, its tension stretched as piano wire. Yet, despite its gripping premise and intense emotional landscape, the film fails in its execution. Danish actress Vic Carmen Sonne performance’s is both understated and multi-layered as Karoline where she play the role of a tailor abandoned by her wealthy lover, played by Joachim Fjelstrup, after becoming pregnant. The director tries to capture Karoline’s vulnerability and resilience with commendable subtlety, portraying a character who is simultaneously fragile and fiercely determined. However, the film’s insistence on maintaining a forbearing atmosphere often leaves her subtle performance feeling underutilized and, at times, lost in the shadows of the film’s oppressive mood.

Who directed the film The Girl With the Needle?

The The Girl With the Needle was directed by Magnus von Horn.

Who wrote the screenplay of The Girl With the Needle?

The screenplay of The Girl With the Needle was co-written by Magnus von Horn and Line Langebek.

Is the film based on a true story?

The film The Girl With the Needle is very loosely based on the true story of Danish serial killer Dagmar Overbye, who was infamous for helping poor women kill their unwanted children. Overbye was sentenced to death in 1921, but her sentence was later given a life sentence.

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