What a great movie this is. Aberdeen is that type of drama Aberdeenwhere there are comical elements, so it is easier to swallow all the hard stuff. And there’s a lot of hard stuff, especially if you don’t like to analyze things and just improvise day after day. Characters and situations are portrayed realistically, and you have a feeling that it is all real and happening right now. Directed by Hans Petter Moland (The Beautiful Country, A Somewhat Gentle Man), it’s a riveting character study with alcoholism and family relationships fueling the story forwards.

Kaisa is a successful lawyer with a drug problem, she is asked by her dying mother to go to Norway to get her alcoholic father to Aberdeen. This will turn into a strange journey both for Kaisa and Tomas. Aberdeen has that road trip vibe and if we combine that with some serious issues presented to us in a non-obtrusive way, it creates an almost dreamy atmosphere. And Stellan Skarsgård performance is just amazing, he captured the essence of his character, and as a bonus treat you have beautiful Lena Headey (300) struggling with life, as the rest of us. The reason why this movie is so good lies in its foundations. The story is so real and visceral, reminiscent of Nordic cinematography, that it cuts through all those layers of protection that people usually use on their personalities. The empathy you feel for the characters (especially if you had similar problems) makes the viewing emotional but so worth it. Enjoy.

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Headey, Charlotte Rampling, Louise Goodall

Fun Facts: At a presentation of one of his other movies, director Moland told the audience that the financiers of this movie tried to pressure Moland to cast Alicia Silverstone as the female lead. He refused…

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168446/

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