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Release Date:
2006 (USA) See more »
After an elderly man locks himself in a closet at a nursing home, his son and daughter try to persuade him to come out. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Søren Pilmark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roni Ezra 
Pelle Møller 

Produced by
Rene Ezra .... producer
Kim Magnusson .... executive producer
Leila Vestgaard .... producer
Original Music by
Frans Bak 
Cinematography by
Philippe Kress 
Film Editing by
Morten Højbjerg 
Production Management
Louise Birk Petersen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rasmus Bøgh Hansen .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Jan Juhler .... sound
Visual Effects by
Thomas Therchilsen .... color grader
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Omø .... gaffer
Anders Thorsby .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Thomas Therchilsen .... color grader
Location Management
Rasmus Bøgh Hansen .... location scout
Other crew
Stinna Lassen .... assistant to producer
Anita Juel Lystbæk .... extras coordinator
Julie Rix Petersen .... production assistant
Vibeke Wrede .... consultant
Henrik Zein .... head of accounting
Michael Debois .... thanks: Avis
Michael Jørgensen .... thanks: Nordisk Film Edit
Tivi Magnusson .... special thanks
Lars Mathisen .... thanks: EBH
Lone Goldie Møller .... thanks: Nordisk Film Edit (as Goldie Møller)
Uffe Kaare Thomsen .... thanks: EBH (as Uffe Thomsen)

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Also Known As:
"Helmer & søn" - Denmark (original title)
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13 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Closet case., 21 July 2008
Author: st-shot from United States

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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