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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
Other crew
Rasmus Bøgh Hansen .... location scout
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Memorable Family Reunion, 26 July 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Well, this Danish short feature certainly had a few surprises at the end! Ha, ha. I can't help but laugh writing that. When you see this, you'll know what I mean.

For most of this, it looks like mainly a short soap opera as family members quarrel at a hospital-like nursing home. They are there - brother, sister, daughter - because they were called by the institution to help with a problem. Obviously, this family rarely gets together.

It seems Helmer's father has locked himself into a closet and won't come out. The son tries to talk some sense into dad, who is not happy after being in this place for a month. The son pleads for him to give it more time. In the meantime, his cell phone keeps wringing with business calls and the dad, who passed on the family business to his son, tries to tell him what to say. This leads to conflict but then the sister and her daughter enter the room and they aren't a lot of help, either.

What happens in the last few minutes is shocking, and sentimental at the same time. In the end, without giving anything away, the father and son have a new bond and appreciation for each other. This is an odd little story but one with a lot of hidden meanings and worthwhile to watch. Just stick with it.

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