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Aberdeen (2000)

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A mom dying in Aberdeen, Scotland, asks her coke snorting, nympho, London lawyer daughter to get her estranged, alcoholic dad in Oslo, Norway, to Aberdeen. He's drunk at the airport, so they travel together by car and ferry.

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Hans Petter Moland (screenplay), Kristin Amundsen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Tomas
Jean Anderson Jean Anderson ... Kaisa as a Child
Lena Headey ... Kaisa
Charlotte Rampling ... Helen
Louise Goodall Louise Goodall ... Sara
Jason Hetherington Jason Hetherington ... Perkins
Kate Lynn Evans Kate Lynn Evans ... Emily
John Killoran John Killoran ... Blake
John Harwood John Harwood ... Huddleson
Sara-Marie Maltha ... Receptionist (as Sarah Marie Maltha)
Fergus McLarnon Fergus McLarnon ... Eric
Anders T. Andersen Anders T. Andersen ... Customs Official
Henriette Steenstrup Henriette Steenstrup ... Car Rental Clerk
Kari Simonsen Kari Simonsen ... Waitress
Jan Grønli Jan Grønli ... Granbakken
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Storyline

Kaisa is a Scot, a successful London lawyer, who snorts coke and has one-night stands with strangers. Her mother calls from Aberdeen with some story begging her to fly to Norway and collect her alcoholic dad whom she hasn't seen in years. The impatient Kaisa reluctantly agrees. The story is a ruse: mom is dying and wants her ex and her daughter together again. The trip gets complicated (dad is too drunk to fly and the hot-tempered Kaisa gets them banned from the airline): they go by ferry then car, needing a great deal of help along the way from a sweet lorry driver named Clive. Will they reach Aberdeen before mom's death, and will Kaisa find any stability within herself or in others? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: Fine, call security. Fucking Bitch, d'ya know that?
[puts middle finger up at her]
Airline Stewardess: Is that supposed to be a threat?
Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: Err, no, no. It's an index finger you dimwit, but that
[shows a fist]
Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller: ... that's a fist. But not for hitting... for fist-fucking tight arsed pussies like your good self!
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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Balladen om Fredrik Åkare och Cecilia Lind
Text Cornelis Vreeswijk
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia AB
Performed by Cornelis Vreeswijk
Courtesy of Warner Music Sweden AB
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Skarsgard is magnificent
29 January 2006 | by raymond_chandlerSee all my reviews

I rented "Aberdeen" because I love Lena Headey and have been catching up on her work. The fact that Ian Hart and Stellan Skarsgard are also featured only made this film more attractive. I was not disappointed.

All the acting is good, including Charlotte Rampling in a difficult, passive role, but Stellan's portrayal of a wrecked man is astounding. He nails all the outward attributes of alcoholism, but never overdoes it. His eyes tell us all we need to know as his character slowly finds some piece of his own humanity buried deep inside. Astounding, when one compares Tomas to, say, the smoothly lethal Gregor from "Ronin", or the monstrous Cerdic from "King Arthur". Stellan is one of those actors whose mere presence on screen is riveting.

The story itself is simple, but this movie is all about the journey, literally. We are all damaged in some way, but holding on to bitterness and resentment for past wrongs will destroy oneself more effectively from within than any outside force can do.


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Country:

UK | Sweden | Norway

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bergen, Hordaland, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,065, 19 August 2001

Gross USA:

$65,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,090
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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