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Aberdeen (2000)

Kaisa is a Scot, a successful London lawyer, who snorts coke and has one-night stands with strangers. Her mother calls from Aberdeen with some story begging her to fly to Norway and collect... See full summary »

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Jean Anderson ...
Kaisa as a Child
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Helen
Louise Goodall ...
Sara
Jason Hetherington ...
Perkins
Kate Lynn Evans ...
Emily
John Killoran ...
Blake
John Harwood ...
Huddleson
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Receptionist (as Sarah Marie Maltha)
Fergus McLarnon ...
Eric
Anders T. Andersen ...
Customs Official
Henriette Steenstrup ...
Car Rental Clerk
Kari Simonsen ...
Waitress
Jan Grønli ...
Granbakken
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Kaisa is a Scot, a successful London lawyer, who snorts coke and has one-night stands with strangers. Her mother calls from Aberdeen with some story begging her to fly to Norway and collect her alcoholic dad whom she hasn't seen in years. The impatient Kaisa reluctantly agrees. The story is a ruse: mom is dying and wants her ex and her daughter together again. The trip gets complicated (dad is too drunk to fly and the hot-tempered Kaisa gets them banned from the airline): they go by ferry then car, needing a great deal of help along the way from a sweet lorry driver named Clive. Will they reach Aberdeen before mom's death, and will Kaisa find any stability within herself or in others? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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8 September 2000 (Norway)  »

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Antimetopoi me tin alitheia  »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,010 (Norway) (1 October 2000)

Gross:

$64,148 (USA) (21 April 2002)
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Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: Fine, call security. Fucking Bitch, d'ya know that?
[puts middle finger up at her]
Airline Stewardess: Is that supposed to be a threat?
Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: Err, no, no. It's an index finger you dimwit, but that
[shows a fist]
Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: ... that's a fist. But not for hitting... for fist-fucking tight arsed pussies like your good self!
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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Gamblin' on Romance
Performed by Ottar Johansen (as Ottar Bighand Johansen)
Courtesy of New Cut Music
Text and Music R. Rogers
Published by Air Music
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Heart wrenching film
15 January 2004 | by (aberdeen, scotland) – See all my reviews

Heart wrenching film that knocks you down, then lifts you up only to knock you down again. It is tough to see the desperate alcoholism of Tomas, particularly in the scene where he is mocked, bullied, and beaten up by well dressed drunken strangers whom he approaches to buy cans of beer.

Stellan Skarsgård is brilliant as the drunken father, and so is Ian Hart as the saintly lorry driver. This film will give you an insight into the dynamics of a family ripped apart by addiction and our need to see dignity in those closest to us.

There were a couple of things that could have improved this film for me. Firstly, the principle character, Kaisas scottish accent is somewhat unconvincing. Secondly, all urban scenes in the odyssey through Britain from Harrow to Aberdeen, are shot in the city centre and west end of Glasgow. This really affected the realism and appeal of the film for me.


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