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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
(in alphabetical order)
Torill Kove 

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
Håkan Lammetun .... sound
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
Gisele Guilbault .... administration: National Film Board of Canada
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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Another in-joke is apparent in "Scandinavian Confusion," in which the entry about Nobel-Prize-winning author Sigrid Undset happens to face the entry on Alfred Nobel.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 40 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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