The Shamers Daughter is the first film in a planned trilogy based on the Shamers Chronicles by Danish writer Lene Kaarberbol’s and tells the story of a young girl who has inherited her mothers often unwanted talents as a Shamer. A shamer can look into the eyes of anyone and tell what shame they hold and make them feel shame for their actions. And because of this they are outcasts to many people who would rather avoid their gaze. A shamer will only see no guilt if there is none to see or the person holds no guilt for their actions.
This Nordic mediaeval epic is beautifully set and costumed with some outstanding location photography Add to that some impressive dragons that are of the bigger Komodo dragon rather than winged dragon variety and the background is set as we enter the power struggle between the rightful rulers of the land the “House of The Raven” and the opposing and plotting for power “House of The Dragon” and the power hungry Lord Draken (Peter Plaugborg,)
The Royal family of “The Raven” have been murdered in their bed and the only survivor of the line the King’s son Nicodemus (Jakob Oftebro) is blamed for the prime suspect. Only the Shamers young daughter Dina (Rebecca Emilie Sattrup) can help him prove his innocence and regain his throne.
At its heart this is a simple fantasy adventure story with a struggle between right and wrong and the forces of good an evil and keeping this story to these simple basics here and not getting involved in complex relationships between the characters and inticate sub plots has made this film a fast moving and enjoyable experience.
Directed by Kenneth Kainz and starring also Maria Bonnevie, Søren Malling, Allan Hyde and Stina Ekblad this fantasy story aimed at children and young adults will hopefully bring the books of Lene Kaarberbol to a wider audience and allow the second part of this trilogy to be planned as we have left this story a bit abruptly here in true adventure serial style.
Review by Tom King