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Genres: Drama
Actors: Stellan Skarsgård , Jean Anderson , Lena Headey , Charlotte Rampling , Louise Goodall , Jason Hetherington , Kate Lynn Evans , John Killoran , John Harwood , Sara-Marie Maltha , Fergus McLarnon , Anders T. Andersen , Henriette Steenstrup , Kari Simonsen , Jan Grønli
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Country: United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden
Year: 2000
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 (2044 votes)

Kaisa is a Scot, a successful London lawyer, who snorts coke and has one-night stands with strangers. Her mother calls from Aberdeen with some story begging her to fly to Norway and collect her alcoholic dad whom she hasn’t seen in years. The impatient Kaisa reluctantly agrees. The story is a ruse: mom is dying and wants her ex and her daughter together again. The trip gets complicated (dad is too drunk to fly and the hot-tempered Kaisa gets them banned from the airline): they go by ferry then car, needing a great deal of help along the way from a sweet lorry driver named Clive. Will they reach Aberdeen before mom’s death, and will Kaisa find any stability within herself or in others?

Film Review

Boring story, great acting…The acting makes the movie well worth seeing! Stellan shows the audience that he´s one of the best swedish actors through all times! (Watch out Stormare!!) The ending is wonderful! (Probably because I´m swedish) The story messes up the rating, I give it a strong 6 of 10!

Didn’t realize Norway was so close to England did you?Hottie hotshot London lawyer flies to Norway to fetch her boozehound Dad to take her to Scotland to see the Mom, who’s rapidly dying of cancer. Filling this dying request for her Mom proves a lot harder than it sounds. The Dad is a total mess, completely ruled by drink and incapable of even boarding the airplane before he smashes his booze bottle all over the ticket counter, and earns them both an airline ban. The movie here gathers steam, as the two make alternate arrangements to get to Aberdeen. Along the way, they rediscover each other after their 15 year estrangement. Pretty powerful in spots. I was really taken by this film. More really the action and scenery than the plot, which was just a little too much of a contrivance. And maybe I’m messed up in the head, but there was an incestual undertone to their relationship that bugged me. But the performances are stellar and character development expertly done. I happen to think…

As I was watching this film, I was berating myself for my carelessness. I was sure Aberdeen was another movie by the director of that film I hated: Breaking the Waves. Stellan Skarsgard, sordid Scotland, etc., these two films have much in common. Hans Petter Moland clearly admires Lars von Trier’s earlier film. Aberdeen is an ambitious film but Moland is too inexperienced to provide the imaginative counterpoint the story requires. Occasionally, scenes seem clumsily attenuated, or awkwardly deflated, I kept waiting for the film to find its rhythm. It never does.The performances are good, but Lena Headey can’t do for Aberdeen what Emily Watson did for Breaking the Waves, that is, make it worth watching.