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Små ulykker (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 2002 (Denmark)
When a man's wife dies in an accident, his children return home to deal with the tragedy together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jørgen Kiil ...
Marianne (as Maria Würgler Rich)
Henrik Prip ...
Søren Kreiberg
Vigga Bro ...
Ulla Olsen, mother
Martin Madsen ...
Politiken colleague
Jesper Hyldegaard ...
Anders, Tom's colleague
Karen-Lise Mynster ...
Young man (as Mads Michael Wille)
Pia Rosenbaum ...
Oliver Appelt Nielsen ...
Martin Olsen, Tom's son
Gustav Sogaard Jakobsden ...
Hasse Olsen, Tom's son (as Gustav Søgaard Jakobsen)
Julie Wieth ...
Tina Gylling Mortensen ...


When a man's wife dies in an accident, his children return home to deal with the tragedy together.

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Små danska olyckor  »

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Eva: She's not a lesbian.
Tom: I'm an engineer Eva, I know a dyke when I see one.
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A Danish Dogme Delight
17 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Director Annette K. Olesen has given us a sweet, funny, melancholic, sometimes dark exposition of a family that is 'dysfunctional' only in the popular American sense. Within the confines of this Dogme exercise, we see much deeper into the pain and eccentricities of a family that's swinging on a creaky hinge, living not with disasters but with 'minor mishaps'. These 'mishaps' are the stuff of which humanity, and art, are based.

It would be hard to find better 'ensemble' acting anywhere. Jorgen Tiil as John, the widowed patriarch, gives us a splendid study of a misunderstood man who makes the terrible societal mistake of trying to please everyone, of being too affectionate with his awkward, painfully shy, 29-year-old daughter Marianne, played with stunning effectiveness by Maria Wurgler Rich. There are whispers of incest spread by sister Eva (Jannie Fourschou), an off-the-wall (literally) talentless painter and sometimes Haiku writer.

There is a lot of lovely, quirky comedy in this film, but a lot of pain too, particularly when we study Marianne. In the opening sequences, while mourning for her mother, who is hit (almost comically) by a truck, the other family members just want to get the whole funeral business over with. Marianne, through Rich's sheer depth of acting skill, shows us shattering reactions of sorrow. She wants to be good, to cook for her father, to love him, to fill a huge void in his life. In society of course, such things are easily misinterpreted. Demonstrating TOO MUCH familial love is strange; there must be something more to it. The 'dysfunction' here belongs to society itself: when too much loving is going on, something must be amiss. This theme extends itself to the family throughout the film.

There are layers of meaning in this film that are unpeeled for us through terrific acting and direction. And yet there is still more for us to examine when it ends. When a film makes you WANT to examine more, then to me it's done its job very well indeed. Highly recommended.

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