Bad Family

Synopsis: After a divorce a father raises his son on his own, while his ex-wife has custody over his daughter. When the mother dies, the brother end sister finally meet again.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Aleksi Salmenperä
  1 win & 2 nominations.
95 min


Dani, hand first!

Dad. Dad.

- Dad!

- Yes?

Eikka says you've

sometimes sent

innocent people to prison

and ruined their lives.

If they ever get out

they'll find you and kill you.

He must've

watched TV a lot.

Dad's job is

to see that innocent

people do not go to prison.

There're many of us

making the decisions.

Are you 100 per cent sure?

- Yes.

You still drag your left foot.

By spring he won't take

another point off you.

True, 'cause I quit that clowning.

- What clowning?

Don't start.

Only by...

- Sacrificing something...

You can get so good

at something else that it matters.

If you never lose

victory won't taste as sweet.

- Yes.

If you give in to giving in

soon that's all you can do.

You're starting

to sound just like

your father when

he still talked.

Milo, go to bed.

It's your call.

- Yes.

I'll back you up whatever

you decide.

- Relax, I said yes.

Can I have Dani's sword

if he quits?

We just bought you your own.

- Yours has a finer hilt.

Will Dani quit?

- Say good night to mum.

Good night.

- A kiss.

Good night.

Think it would be ridiculous

to take that course?

- Yes.

What course?

- Salsa course.

Sure it would.

Will it be for doctors only?

Some nurses might attend.

What about that




Will Staffan be there?

You dance solo there.

- Solo?

Mum's dead.


Who's dead?

- No one.

Your address in Denmark?

- Right now none.

No... address?

- I live at a friend's place.

And the deceased lived...

- At a friend's place, too.

Any close relatives who could

share the funeral costs?

No one?

Her ex-man?

Name of the ex-man?

Mikael Lindgren.


- What? Don't brake right

after you start to move.

Moving is the general idea.

- I can't concentrate.

Check the mirrors.

Good. Second gear.

Good. Use the wheel, please.

I can't f***ing concentrate!

Because of your mum?

I guess I understand it, in theory.

- What do I tell her?

To Tilda. Your daughter.

Offer your condolences.

- No, from you.

A hotel?

- Yes. If you don't mind.

Might be the correct thing,

in this situation.

One night.

- Yes.

Sure, if...

Might be quite nice, for a change.

- Not if you don't want to.

We'll go.

I'm sure she'll fly back tomorrow.

Things get back to normal.

Don't drive her away.

Let me know when I can come home.

- Please don't.

Life and death are one

like a river and the sea are one.

In fond remembrance,

Mikael, Laura and Milo.

Who's this?

It's you.

This one?

That's you, too.

Perhaps Maria took

Tilda's baby photos with her.

We had no photos.

Of me when I was small.

I see. Well we did take them.

Guess they got lost

when you moved.

Your mum wasrt exactly

an organized person.

Must've sold them.

This one?

- Well that's...

No, it's you, too.

Wait a moment...

It's you. That coat.

Did you have any plan?

A return flight... - No.


Stay as long as you want.

Until you leave.

- Great. Thanks.


- Yeah.

Two of them, then.

And some tea

and a hot chocolate.

I see you offer shiatzu,

do you have time for tonight?

I don't want it.

- It's for me.


Did mum look like you?

- Yeah.

That's your grandpa.


He's deaf?

- No.

Can he see?

- Yes.

Is he living here?

- Yes, but he's got the nurse.



Erik, Jaars brother.

Your godparents Jaakko and Seija.

My sister Anna, you never met her.

And Laura, she's been there -

since morning

setting things up with Kari.

Nice, pleasant people who

of course are dying to meet you.

I want you to know

you've got a family -

if you feel you need one.

Mind if I smoke?

- Actually, yes.


Everyone chased your mother.


Regardless of sex.

Never did understand that.

- Just ridiculous.

And she accepted no one.

I never even tried.

Well I was a bit older, married...

That never bothered the others.

- What? Not true!

What on earth?

Remember that the witness suffers

from advanced Alzheimer's.

And your mum

picked this serious guy.

We couldn't understand it.

A perfect couple.

Your dad was so much in love

he'd done anything

for your mother.

But did not.

What do you mean?

- Well you got divorced.

She dumped me. Or us.

Didrt much matter what I did.

Don't act so pious.


- Is that what happened?

She's only heard

her mother's version.

We all know

who's the guilty one there.

Right! The main course arrives!

Deer and vegetables,

seasoned with herbs!

The teacher next door

shot this deer.

Bon apptit!

- Thank you.

Smells wonderful.

That guitar player

was involved.

The group was pretty popular.

What was its name...


- Motherfuckers.

Well. He was pretty talented...

Despite the drug abuse.

I mean your mother's...

well... little...


- I guess you can call it that.

And that you could

never forgive her.

What about you Dani,

still going to study law?

Dani was two months when your mum

disappeared for three weeks.

Her maternity leave.

And she wasrt alone!

To fall in love with that

addict of a musician -

that I could forgive her.

But I couldn't stand it that

she didn't care about her children.

She did send us one postcard

stained with red wine.

"Spring greetings

from Sunny France. "

She returned, I forgave her

and thought maybe...

Stayed for three nights, left again.

Said she couldn't breathe.

Shut the f*** up.

She suffered from severe depression

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Aleksi Salmenperä

Aleksi Salmenperä (born 1973 in Helsinki) is a Finnish film director. He is a graduate of the University of Art and Design Helsinki; among his films are 2004's Producing Adults, 2007's A Man's Work and 2010 Bad Family. A Man's Work was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival. more…

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