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Helmer & Son (2006)

Helmer & søn (original title)
TV-MA | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 2006 (USA)
After an elderly man locks himself in a closet at a nursing home, his son and daughter try to persuade him to come out.

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Søren Pilmark
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Cast

Cast overview:
Per Pallesen Per Pallesen ... Helmer
Steen Stig Lommer Steen Stig Lommer ... Jess
Ditte Hansen ... Vibeke
Margrethe Koytu Margrethe Koytu ... Lederen
Yvette Jørgensen Yvette Jørgensen ... Asta
Majken Mac Majken Mac ... Sophie
Birthe Petersen Birthe Petersen ... Dagvagt
Ronald Henriksen Ronald Henriksen ... Beboer
Bodil Gade Bodil Gade ... Beboer
Erik Broberg Erik Broberg ... Beboer
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Storyline

Jess, a middle-aged man who runs the company his father started, is called to the old folk's home where his father, Helmer, lives. Helmer, it seems, has locked himself in an armoire and won't come out. He's happy to chat with Jess through the closet's locked doors, chiding his son for how he talks to a client who's called on Jess's cell phone. Shortly after, Jess's sister, Vibeke, arrives with her surly teenage daughter, Sophie. Helmer talks to Vibber as well. Why he's in the armoire, what draws him out, and Jess's response make for the rest of the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helmer & Son See more »

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Production Co:

Nordisk Film See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Memorable Family Reunion
26 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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