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Helmer & Son (2006)

Helmer & søn (original title)
After an elderly man locks himself in a closet at a nursing home, his son and daughter try to persuade him to come out.

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Cast overview:
Per Pallesen ...
Helmer
Steen Stig Lommer ...
Jess
Ditte Hansen ...
Vibeke
Margrethe Koytu ...
Lederen
Yvette Jørgensen ...
Asta
Majken Mac ...
Sophie
Birthe Petersen ...
Dagvagt
Ronald Henriksen ...
Beboer
Bodil Gade ...
Beboer
Erik Broberg ...
Beboer
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Jess, a middle-aged man who runs the company his father started, is called to the old folk's home where his father, Helmer, lives. Helmer, it seems, has locked himself in an armoire and won't come out. He's happy to chat with Jess through the closet's locked doors, chiding his son for how he talks to a client who's called on Jess's cell phone. Shortly after, Jess's sister, Vibeke, arrives with her surly teenage daughter, Sophie. Helmer talks to Vibber as well. Why he's in the armoire, what draws him out, and Jess's response make for the rest of the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helmer has retreated to his armoire in the nursing home he lives and refuses to come out. His family is called in to try and persuade him to. This lean premise has little room to expand and other than it's moderately comic climax offers nothing other than a tired dialogue between a father and his children who outsource his care. It's hard to develop a relationship in such a short time (13 minutes) for the warehoused Helmer and his son (the daughter he more or less dismisses) to really care or feel anything between the father son relationship in a state of role reversal when there is little established between the two to begin with. The gimmick out of the way, the tragedy now comic, Helmer might have made for a whimsical sixty second commercial instead of the belabored quickie it is.


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