Parents

Dir.: Christian Tafdrup | Denmark 2016 | 86 min

What is it that parents miss the most when their young fly the coop. Their own youth. But it can't exactly be recreated, can it? This is the forever relevant question that Christian Tafdrup poses in his talented, witty and whimsically surreal way in his debut as a feature film director. Like an inverse coming of age film, we follow the middle-aged couple Kjeld and Vibeke (wonderful Søren Malling and Bodil Jørgensen), who feel lost without their son, until Kjeld seizes the opportunity to move back to the apartment they lived in as youths. At first, it's nostalgic, cosy and romantic, with old LPs, red wine and 70s furniture, but soon the story develops in a very surprising direction. In a fairy tale you have to be careful what you wish for, as it may turn out to be something completely different than you imagined. 'Parents' premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and has since won an award as Best European Fantastic Film.

Original Title
Forældre
Title
Parents
Country
Denmark
Release Year
2016
Duration
86 min.
Directors
Christian Tafdrup
Producer
Thomas Heinesen
Script
Cast
Bodil Jørgensen, Søren Malling, Miri Ann Beuschel, Elliott Crosset Hove, Anton Honik, Christian Tafdrup
Camera
Maria von Hausswolff
Sound
Peter Schultz, Ricardo Sousa
Editor
Anne Østerud
Music
Sune Kølster
Production Company
Nordisk Film Production A/S, New Danish Screen
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
2
Sighs
5
Laughs
4
Look
5
Food for thought
6