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The early 1990's: 300,000 Danes are out of work. Viggo, a machinist with two grown children, is silent about feelings, scared he'll lose his job, loud about the value of trade unionism, interested in his pet fish, and argumentative at dinner. His wife Oda puts up with his moods and works on family genealogy. When Viggo is laid off, he becomes a fish out of water, hardly looking for work, starting a garden, and taking up with Karen, a polished but unhappy widow. He lies to his wife about a union training and goes to Mallorca with Karen. When she stops the affair, Viggo ends up in a psychiatric ward and must figure out what's really important in his life and in his character. Written by
Viggo (Erik Clausen) is a middleaged machinist, who suddenly finds himself without a job when the factory he works for is closed down. Not only does he have to cope with unemployment, but also his son´s homosexuality and a doomed affair with wealthy housewife Karen (Anne Marie Helger). The quintessential role for Clausen, if ever there was one, Clausen manages to be both real and pathetic at the same time. Helle Ryslinge as his long suffering wife is also very good, while the supporting cast leaves a bit more to be desired. Bjarne Liller makes a standout performance (in his last film) as an unemployed alcoholic, and Clausen regular Leif Sylvester is excellent as his no-nonsense ex-colleague. Loses itself along the way when Viggo is committed to an insane asylum, but generally a good examination of unemployment and its effects on people, with many funny moments. ***
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