A Caretaker’s Tale

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A Caretaker’s Tale
Denmark, 2011, 85 Minute Running Time
Topics: Sex, Woman Director
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Danish English Sub-Titles

This provocative parable centers on the bitter custodian of a grim housing complex and the mute, naked woman with healing sexual powers he discovers in an empty apartment. Playing far better than it describes – and not without humor – this is a controversial drama with exceptional performances that won’t be to all tastes but which is certain to generate conversation.

Life doesn’t seem particularly rosy for misogynist handyman Per. His wife left him. Their son is a junkie. His back hurts, his neck is stiff and the property he manages requires one dirty job after another. Most nights end over beers with whiny, parasitical neighbor Viborg ¬– until fate throws the girl, like some fallen angel, his way.

The screenplay by the prolific, versatile Kim Fupz Aakeson (A Somewhat Gentle Man, PSIFF 2011) walks a fine line between exploitation and creativity, but manages to land on the side of art. He makes the woman a different sort of caretaker, while acclaimed theatre director Katrine Wiedemann avoids any moralizing about the story’s unusual premise.

Be advised: this film contains explicit sexual scenes that some may find disturbing.

DIRECTOR: Katrine Wiedemann
Producer: Ib Tardini, Vinca Wiedemann
Editor: Molly Malene Stensgaard
Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Cinematographer: Lars Reinholdt
Music: Kristian Selin, Eidnes Andersen
Principal Cast: Lars Mikkelsen, Julie Zangenberg, Nicolaj Kopernikus
Filmography: The Lady of Hamre (2000)
Print Source: TrustNordisk - www.trustnordisk.com

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