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A teenager’s loyalty to her dangerous father slowly starts to crumble in harrowing, violent coming-of-age story.

Jens lives off the grid with his daughter Liv and his life-threateningly obese wife.
While some villagers know Jens lives there, he chases off anyone from the outside world. When his wife has a stillborn baby and Jens keeps it mummified in a jar, Liv starts to look for a way out. Crumbling loyalty in a harrowing, violent coming-of-age story.

Daniel Borgman’s second feature is at times reminiscent of recent films like Leave No Trace and Captain Fantastic, but its horror elements make his film substantially darker. Visually, there is a constant sense of claustrophobia, both inside the cramped and overstuffed shed where the family lives, and in the wild garden around it. The director also has a keen eye for the beauty of nature, providing some understanding for Jens’ life choices. At the heart of the film is Liv’s slowly crumbling loyalty to her mentally ill and dangerous father, with tragic and violent consequences. As the sick mother, The Killing star Sofie Gråbøl is unrecognizable under layers of fat and make up.

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Director Daniel Borgman
Country Denemarken | Denmark
Year 2019
Duration 92 min
Cast Peter Plaugborg, Sofie Gråbøl, Vivelill Søgaard Holm, Ghita Nørby

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