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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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Blu-Ray Releases: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2
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Liv Ullmann ... Narrator (voice)
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Directed by
Torill Kove 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Torill Kove 

Produced by
Lise Fearnley .... producer
Marcy Page .... producer
Film Editing by
Phyllis Lewis 
Sound Department
Håkan Lammetun .... sound
Kjetil Trøan .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Martin Ciastko .... digital imaging consultant
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 Stéphanie Duong)
Torill Kove .... animator
Annely Põldsaar .... assistant animator
Magnhild Valen-Sendstad Winsnes .... additional animator (as Magnhild Winsnes)
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist

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15 min
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In-joke: When Kasper is looking in the book "Scandanavian Confusion," there is an entry about Liv Ullmann, the film's narrator.See more »
[last lines]
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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8 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Life Is More Than 'Chance', 17 February 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is an animated story about "chance" and "coincidence" ruling our lives, something the author apparently believes because it's stated by narrator in the first few sentences of the film that "we are all just seeds floating up there in the space waiting for someone to get us."

With an atheistic outlook like that, it's no wonder this won an Oscar for "best animated short." Had the opposite belief been put into film, it wouldn't have stood a chance to be nominated.

Anyway, Torill Kove, a Norwegian animator/filmmaker and current resident of Canada, gives us this "cute" story in which a series of circumstances all make for a happy ending. The illustrations are half the fun of watching this 15-minute award-winning short. They artwork is clean and colorful and a treat for the eyes.

Liv Ullman does a nice job of narrating the film but I would have rather had a variety of voices. Having a female voice all the male characters sounded out of place.

I wouldn't be surprised if Miss Kove did this story tongue-in-cheek, knowing that actually everything happens for a reason, not that all of life is sheer chance. No one is dumb enough to believe that, which is why this is a good fairy tale.

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