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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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This one caught me by surprise!
26 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderful short film from Denmark about a man who was recently placed in a retirement home and the staff are having such problems with him, they called his son and daughter. It seems the old man has locked himself in the wardrobe and won't come out--seemingly in protest for his having to live there. When his kids do arrive, the situation doesn't seem to improve and you are left wondering if the old guy will ever come out of this closet. However, when he does, WOW was I knocked for a loop--the punchline for all this was well worth the wait and gave me a nice laugh.

In the last couple weeks, this is the second Danish short I've seen--the other being TANGO (which was nominated for the 2008 Oscar). Both films were magnificent and had great senses of humor--so much so that I am eager to see more films from this country.

Excellent acting, direction and especially writing--this one is terrific. It's too bad that WEST BANK STORY (the winner for the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2006) was such a grand story--otherwise I am pretty sure HELMER & SON would have won. A lovely film--just be aware that there is some nudity and adult content--so be careful about letting the kids see it.

These films and many more are included on the DVD "A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films" and is well worth buying because it is jam-packed full of 13 wonderful shorts.


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