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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 .... 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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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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References Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This got much better with repeated viewings, so I've just re-reviewed the film, 2 March 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a sweet story about a long chain of seemingly random events that eventually led to the birth of the person who wrote the story (though it was read by Liv Ullman). Not surprisingly, there are some touches that seem very Scandinavian--such as the introduction, the way that death is talked about as well as the veneration of the story "Kristin Lavransdatter" (the movie version was coincidentally directed by Liv Ullman and I have reviewed it--but this isn't the place to get into that).

The first time I saw this film, I was underwhelmed and gave it only a mildly favorable review despite it being an Oscar winner. However, I saw it again a few weeks later and was surprised how much more I enjoyed the film the second time. I really think most of the reason I wasn't impressed at first is because at least visually speaking, it's not as pretty a film as the rest of the other nominees. THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL was one of the prettier Disney films I have seen using traditional animation, LIFTED is as good a product as you'll see from Pixar, NO TIME FOR NUTS was another excellent CG film packaged with the ICE AGE films and Maestro, though made by a small studio, was nearly as pretty as more commercial CG films. In contrast, THE DANISH POET looked very old fashioned--much like a "Madeline" cartoon.

The second time I saw it, though, I noticed more of the cute little artistic touches--like all the cows falling down the ramps and other odd embellishments. However, what really stood out most the second time was the really sweet nature of the film and how it caused an emotional reaction in me at the end. Charming and sweet--this is something the other films lacked. I still think LIFTED might have been the most enjoyable and best made of the shorts, but THE DANISH POET was a real labor of love and had a lot of depth to it.

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