De frigjorte

Synopsis: The early 1990's: 300,000 Danes are out of work. Viggo, a machinist with two grown children, is silent about feelings, scared he'll lose his job, loud about the value of trade unionism, interested in his pet fish, and argumentative at dinner. His wife Oda puts up with his moods and works on family genealogy. When Viggo is laid off, he becomes a fish out of water, hardly looking for work, starting a garden, and taking up with Karen, a polished but unhappy widow. He lies to his wife about a union training and goes to Mallorca with Karen. When she stops the affair, Viggo ends up in a psychiatric ward and must figure out what's really important in his life and in his character.
Genre: Comedy
97 min

in his parents' passports.

They thought

he was one year old.

I was hoping to say hi to Claus.

- He's coming. He's just very busy.

Imagine a telephone with no cord.

It's just amazing.

Wouldn't you like one?

- What for?

Lars got it from his company

because he travels.

He expects a call from Stockholm.

- Well, it's only from Malm.

But it's cool, Viggo. You can bring

it everywhere. Even to the loo.

Then I could sit there and say:

"Hello, Viggo... Hansen speaking. "

"Hello. This is...

Could I talk to Mr... Jiggs?"

We're eating. You're not eating

anything, Lone. Have some gravy.

I'm trying to control my cholesterol.

I've planned my diet after a table.

You're getting so thin

that we can't see you.

Come on, a bit of mum's gravy

won't harm you. Nonsense.

Jensen Communication Group

Copenhagen, Lars Schrder, hello.

What? No.

Wrong number.

Hillbilly. Cholesterol.

You were pretty when you were

chubby. We're far apart now, Lone.

It would suit you to get pregnant.

Why don't they have any children?

I knocked up Oda,

before I knew her last name.

Then you came.

Hey, Viggo. Viggo?

I've thought about something.

It must be hard for you to watch

the socialist countries collapse.

You've fought for socialism, -

as you've said so often, for years.

And suddenly the carpet is pulled.

It must be hard.

Lone has said

you used to be a lot happier.

Well... I'm not responsible for

what's happened in the East.

You're not responsible

for what happens in the USA.

You promised not to talk politics.

- I didn't start!

I have to answer when the man asks.

- His name is Lars.

Aren't you a socialist anymore?

- Eat now. There's more food.

Just save a hamburger for Claus.

- I'll be a socialist forever.

I'm taking that hamburger.

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Erik Clausen

Erik Clausen (born 7 March 1942) is a Danish actor, film director and screenwriter. He has directed fourteen films since 1981. His 2007 film Temporary Release was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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