WriterJohan Jacobsen, C.E. Soya Release date30 October 1947 (Denmark)
1948 (USA) CastPoul Reichhardt, Bodil Kjer, Elith Pio, Karin Nellemose, Johannes Meyer, Maria Garland AwardsBodil Award for Best Danish Film Similar moviesRelated Johan Jacobsen movies
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.
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.
Poul Reichhardt as Robert Olsen, Soldier
Bodil Kjer as Jenny Christensen
Elith Pio as District Attorney
Karin Nellemose as District Attorney's Wife
Johannes Meyer as Jenny's father
Maria Garland as Jenny's mother
Sigfred Johansen as Prosecutor
Gunnar Lauring as Gustav, District Attorney's Chauffeur