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A woman ponders over the strange coincidences that made her forefathers and -mothers meet and create the premises for her becoming the person that she is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Liv Ullmann ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Torill Kove 
Writing credits
Torill Kove (screenplay)

Produced by
Lise Fearnley .... executive producer
Lise Fearnley .... producer
Tove Kløvvik .... executive producer
Marcy Page .... producer
David Verrall .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kevin Dean 
Film Editing by
Phyllis Lewis 
Sound Department
Håkon Lammetun .... sound (as Håkan Lammetun)
Frode Løes Hvatum .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Kjetil Trøan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Keril Bruun Andersen .... additional digital colorist
Jean-Marc Brosseau .... scanning
Martin Ciastko .... digital imaging consultant
Randall Finnerty .... digital imaging
Susan Gourley .... digital imaging consultant (as Sue Gourley)
Yin Ko Lee .... additional digital colorist
Jason Smalridge .... additional digital colorist
Animation Department
Astrid Aakra .... animator
Bjarte Agdestein .... animator
Anne Ashton .... additional background artist
Anne Ashton .... color designer
Helene Bisgaard .... assistant animator
Stéphanie Campbell .... additional animator (as Stephanie Duong)
Linn Høyer-Pedersen .... assistant animator
Torill Kove .... animator
Yin Ko Lee .... additional animator
Siv Nordsveen .... additional animator
Morten Nyutstumo .... assistant animator
Annely Põldsaar .... assistant animator
Anja Ruud .... additional animator
Magnhild Valen-Sendstad Winsnes .... additional animator (as Magnhild Winsnes)
Music Department
Sienna Dahlen .... musician
Kevin Dean .... musician
Carlos Jimenez .... musician
André White .... music recorder
Other crew
Lise Fearnley .... adminstration: Mikrofilm
Eva Færevaag .... short film consultant: Norwegian Film Fund
Gisèle Guilbault .... administration: National Film Board of Canada (as Gisele Guilbault)
Julie Laperrière .... production coordinator
Elaine Largie .... administration: National Film Board of Canada
Richard Lesage .... production coordinator
Elsa Mouana-Bankouezi .... administration: National Film Board of Canada
Kristin Ulseth .... consultant: Nordic Film and TV Fund
Winston Emano .... publicist (uncredited)
David Magdael .... publicist (uncredited)
Berit Reiss-Andersen .... special thanks
Toril Simonsen .... special thanks
Hélène Tanguay .... special thanks
Melissa Wheeler .... special thanks

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Narrator:But had it not been for the Danish poet and Sigrid Undset, a rainy summer in Norway, a slippery barn plank, a careless mailman, a hungry goat, a broken thumb, and a crowded train, my parents might never have met at all, and who knows; I might still be a little seed floating around in the sky waiting for someone to come and get me.
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And the Danes complained that they didn't win an Oscar.., 27 February 2007
Author: KnatLouie from Copenhagen, Denmark

I know Susanne Bier and Søren Pilmark were also nominated for an Oscar in 2007 and didn't win, but this movie won instead, making it a good substitute, since the story is about a Dane.

The story is about a Danish poet, Kasper Jørgensen, who lives in Copenhagen, but one day runs out of creativity and goes to Norway on holiday to search for inspiration. There he finds a girl whom he falls in love with, but alas, she is engaged to be married against her will with a local farmer who is the son of her fathers best friend. Instead she vows to never cut her hair until she can be with Kasper again, a promise that she keeps (making her hair look like Marge's from "The Simpsons"). And the story continues from that point..I'm not gonna spoil anything else, but it's all about chance and coincidences.

Now, the animation itself isn't that great, although it is very different from how "normal" cartoons looks like, reminds me of the Alfons Åberg-cartoons (or Alfie Atkins as he's called in English).

I haven't seen the competition, so I can't say if it was worthy of winning, but it was certainly a very good short movie, with a classical love-story in a new environment. There were many funny details, like the people on the ferry between Denmark and Norway only being drunk (Swedes?) or backpackers, and that the postal office never can be trusted (just like in real life).. thank God for E-mails!

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