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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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This one caught me by surprise!, 26 February 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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