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A Family (En familie)


DENMA R K Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen


Producers: Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Vinca Wiedemann


Screenwriters: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre


Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Osterud


Cast: Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Pilou Asbaek 2010/color/102 min.


PERNILLE FISCHER CHRISTENSEN


Born in 1969, Pernille Fischer Christensen graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999. Her first feature film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Silver Bear and Best Debut Film Award. A Family is her third feature film.


Filmography


Dancers (2008) A Soap (2006)


Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen captures the emotional upheavals and difficult choices a middle-class family has to face when its patriarch devel- ops incurable cancer.


By turns gentle and explosive, the drama (written by Christensen and Kim Fupz Aakeson) is viewed mainly through the eyes of Ditte Rheinwald (Lene Maria Christensen), the worried daughter who must set aside her own plans (an excit- ing new job, a move to glamorous New York) to deal with doctors, treatments and the increasingly difficult behavior of her father (Jesper Christensen) as he battles through the final stages of the disease. Richard Rheinwald is an unshakably proud man, a famous baker who boasts of the trek his forbears made from Germany to Denmark with sacks of grain on their shoulders and who gets get-well cards from the queen herself. While his stubbornness intensifies the pressures on his devastated family, so do his two ex-wives, creating further complications and friction.


Like all families confronted with the specter of death, the Rheinwalds bicker, find themselves at cross-purposes, grow weary and, at last, cope. As Christensen deftly explores these universal traumas, she also provides a vivid look at the touching end-of-life rituals in which the Rheinwalds engage to comfort their dying father—and themselves.


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