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Zentropa Productions have acknowledged plot similarities to Maeve Binchy's novel "Evening Class". Binchy was not credited in the original release as Zentropa had determined they were not in breach of copyright, but after Binchy's representatives approached them they paid compensation and added a credit for her in later releases.
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With its gross of $4,544,753 it is the highest grossing Danish film at the American box office. The record was previously held by Babette's Feast (1987).
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The tennis match we see on TV is an archive footage showing Swiss player Martina Hingis vs. Spanish player Conchita Martínez.
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The film complies with several aesthetic principles of Dogme 95, including use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting.
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French "Visa d'exploitation" #103168.
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Is the highest grossing Danish film ever, especially due to a successful run in the American cinemas.
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Director Lone Scherfig has said that the positive effect of the Dogme 95 rules can be felt instantly in the writing process, specifically in the way you have to use your imagination to make a film work under their limitations.
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Dogme 95 co-founder Lars von Trier was critical of Lone Scherfig making a romantic comedy with a resolved ending, but Scherfig insisted that she would make the film according to her own sensibilities.
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