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Ulrich Thomsen ... Peter

Jens Jørn Spottag ... Carl
John Martinus ... Taxi Driver 2
Ole Thestrup ... Taxi Driver 1
Farshad Kholghi ... Taxi Driver 3 (as Farshad Kholgi)

Hella Joof ... Woman
Mikkel Vadsholt ... Bartender

Nicolas Bro ... Man
Thomas Milton Walther ... Taxi Driver 4

Directed by
Anders Thomas Jensen 
Writing credits
Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)

Produced by
Kim Magnusson .... producer
Tivi Magnusson .... producer
Original Music by
Jeppe Kaas 
Cinematography by
Jens Schlosser 
Film Editing by
Anders Villadsen 
Costume Design by
Sara Mau Jensen  (as Sara Man Jensen)
Helle Nielsen 
Makeup Department
Pia Nissen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nanna Mailand-Hansen .... production manager
Art Department
Sabine Hviid .... property master
Sound Department
Martin Saabye Andersen .... sound (as Martin Saaby Andersen)
Jens Bønding .... sound recordist
Stig Sparre-Ulrich .... sound (as Stig Sparre Ulrich)
Special Effects by
Carsten Elkjær .... special effects
Lars Kolding Andersen .... special effects (as Lars Andersen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Viggo Grumme .... lighting supervisor
Philippe Kress .... lighting technician
Mikael Kort Kristensen .... grip
John Frimann Rasmussen .... camera operator
Camilla Utke Schiøler .... still photographer (as Camilla Schiøler)
Jesper Westh .... lighting assistant
Other crew
Søren Engberg .... runner
Stine Monty Freddie .... script supervisor
Louise Friedberg .... script supervisor
Mikael Kort Kristensen .... shooting scripting
Lars Larsen .... synchronizer
Nanna Mailand-Hansen .... production staff (as Nanna Mailand Hansen)
Mads Marstrand Nørfeldt .... runner
Katherine O'Malley .... production staff
Helle Schoubye .... production staff
Lars Weirsøe .... runner (as Lars Wersøe)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Valgaften" - Denmark (original title)
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11 min
Aspect Ratio:
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A darkly comic short that makes interesting points on a complex issue, 30 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It is election night in Denmark and the polls are close to closing. With a busy day behind him sending off blankets to war-torn countries, Peter has completely forgotten to vote and, being a very socially conscious citizen he sets out to try and get to the polls before they close. However he abandons his first taxi after he encounters racist views that he does not want to hear – but then he doesn't have a great deal of luck trying anything else.

This is a great little short film that deals with a complex and difficult issue – racism, or rather the way we have of looking at people differently on the basis of their skin colour or ethnic origin. In a way I'm sure this film is more meaningful in Denmark than it is in other places because many films will capture the spirit of the nation as well as wider issues (many good British plays etc are very much set in the British experience) but I still got something from this despite not being a Dane! The film starts us off with a clear cut case of racism – few of us would support the taxi driver's views. However it then gets progressively more subtle and wide spread until Peter himself reveals himself to see others differently ('I doing it for you people' he tells the black employee). At this point we realize the point of the film – what is racism? What is acceptable forms of it and don't we all, regardless of colour, treat people a bit differently based on colour, dress, class etc?

The film does not propose to answer these questions or offer solutions but rather just challenges us and leaves us to make our own minds up. In this way I appreciated it – it ends with a comic moment as Peter just slumps into accepting the world for what it is, but this is a mature way to leave it, not banging a drum but simply putting this situation out there and letting us see it for the complex issue that it is.

A great short that is simple but very well written. The cast deliver their characters well but it is the steps down in behaviour that compares and contrasts 'racist' behaviour where it succeeds in showing us how complex the issue is and how wide spread it is, even if we don't see it we all do view others differently depending on their jobs, their race, their accent, their intelligence, their colour, their class, their clothes etc. That the film offers no solutions to this is not a failing – it is responsible and respectful.

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