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Jan thinks he is Swedish-Danish, but after his mother's death he discovers he was adopted. As his world begins to fall apart, he decides to find his birth parents. The hunt leads him to Portugal - in a taxi - where more surprises await him. Written by
Jan is a Swedish-Danish grown-up who, after his mother's death, discovers that he was adopted as a child. When, because of this, all his world begins to crack, he decides to look up his real parents. This hunt leads him to Portugal in a taxi, and there some more surprises await him.. This film, you might say, is typically Danish, since it doesn't hesitate to bring up really difficult, but nevertheless completely possible, circumstances. Everything is hidden behind a facade of humour, but behind it you see the seriousness of unpleasant things that you can't help. I guess what happens in the film is among the worst discoveries a person can make, but still it is not a totally absurd plot, since nothing in it is really impossible. In spite of all family miseries and the desperate tries to keep up the normal looks of it all, I think the most absurd and improbable element actually is the taxi driver, gladly coming along with his passenger all the way from Denmark to Portugal! I like this film very much, since the plot is suggestive and interesting, and the humour is wonderful. Some of Sweden's and Denmark's (and maybe Portugal's - I cannot speak for them) greatest actors help to make the details in the film a persisting enjoyment. I still remember the tiny facial expressions and the strong lines, five years after having seen it, and I especially remember the breathtaking music when Jan gets to know he was adopted. Altogether a great film.
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