Southern Jutland, DK, early 1970s: A dysfunctional family is burdened by an evil, self-righteous father, who manipulates his 11 y.o. son and 14 y.o. daughter with his repeated suicide threats.

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Peter Schønau Fog

Writers:

Bo Hr. Hansen (screenplay), Erling Jepsen (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jannik Lorenzen Jannik Lorenzen ... Allan
Jesper Asholt Jesper Asholt ... Far
Julie Kolbeck Julie Kolbeck ... Sanne
Hanne Hedelund Hanne Hedelund ... Mor
Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt ... Asger
Gitte Siem Gitte Siem ... Faster Didde
Rita Angela Rita Angela ... Farmor
Bjarne Henriksen ... Neighbor Budde
Laura Kamis Wrang Laura Kamis Wrang ... Fru Budde
Tue Frisk Petersen Tue Frisk Petersen ... Nis Budde
Sune Thomsen Sune Thomsen ... Per
Jacob Tranæs Jacob Tranæs ... Sole
Bodil Lassen Bodil Lassen ... Frk. Port
Helle Jensen Helle Jensen ... Fru Simonsen
Rolf Hansen Rolf Hansen ... Priest
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Follows a precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, who tries desperately to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early seventies. Allan reveres his father, Henry, the local milkman, and can't understand why others don't feel the same way. His family life is so twisted he thinks it's perfectly normal to stay awake all night dealing with his father's hysterics and suicidal threats. Allan's older brother left town several years ago, and his mother gave up long before that, relying on sleeping pills to escape Henry's tantrums. Allan then becomes obsessed with a rival family, whom he considers foolish white trash until they start taking away Henry's customers. He is frustrated that his mother doesn't take his father's complaints seriously, and is perplexed by the increasingly rebellious and bizarre behavior of his sister, Sanne. Incapable of understanding what's going on and heavily influenced by his father, Allan commits appalling acts, unaware of ... Written by Anonymous

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15 May 2007 | by McBuffSee all my reviews

Based on an autobiographical novel by Erling Jepsen, this drama/black comedy of a dysfunctional family takes place in southern Denmark close to the German border in the early 70'es. Jesper Asholt plays the family patriarch, a whining grocer, who has a hard time coping with changing times and family patterns. As a result, he constantly threatens his wife and kids that he'll commit suicide. While his wife escapes reality with sedatives, his young son Allan is determined to keep his father from killing himself. As his dad is only truly happy when he gets to deliver tearful speeches at local funerals, Allan sees no other option than to make sure there are plenty of funerals for his father to attend... If you think you know where this is going, watch this movie anyway, as it's got plenty of surprises and twists, changing from black comedy to heartbreaking drama, with some shattering, almost unbearably intense, albeit discreet, scenes of child abuse. Made with care, a genuine feel for time and place and destined to become a modern classic. Truly unforgettable, and an impressive feature debut for director Peter S. Fog.


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 April 2007 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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