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

That'll teach him to be on time.

I'm heating up that hamburger

for Claus. I'm saving it for Claus.

You can have

more gravy and potatoes.

If the Danish labour movement

hadn't built up this country, -

Denmark would have been

a poor, medieval country.

Inhabited by arse-lickers

and ruled by the rich.

But no more talk

about ideologies and theories...

You can put it more simply:

Arsehole or comrade.

That was very simple.

- Do you want me to heat the gravy?

Well, but you're

pretty well-off, Viggo.

And you're good, too.

But... You earn well, Viggo.

I just mean that...

That a socialist can't earn well

and have a son who'll be an engineer.

And earns his money driving a taxi.

- And a daughter who's a student.

As long as what I produce

is worth more than what I get...

...I'll draw my wages

with a clear conscience. Amen.

Here's some hot gravy.

There's Claus.

Shut up now, Viggo.

Fidel Castro is giving a speech

from the folklore collection.

Hi, Lars.


- Hi.

Say hello to your dad.

- Hello, dad.

We're just having

a quiet discussion.

I'm explaining to the man...

- His name is Lars!

...about the labour movement.

I'll heat up your hamburger.

- Thanks. I won't stay long.

I promised Ulric to drive tonight.

I didn't know you were coming.

That's all right.

But come see us soon.

How are the studies coming along?

- Fine.

I really like driving a taxi

and meeting lots of people.

Strange people. You learn more

from that than studying.

How are you doing?

Lars has become art director.

- What the hell is that?

I direct a campaign

in every detail, -

present a concept to the client,

analyse the product -

and prepare the style for

communicating with the consumer.

I'm doing fine. I'm in the middle of

a campaign for a new soft drink -

which we'll aim at those

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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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