This short is about a Dad and two sons who are rudderless in suburbia following the death of their wife/mother. Told through the eyes of nine-year-old Lars, the film focuses on his relationship with his struggling father, who drowns his sorrows and covets the neighbour. Lars and Peter’s tender exploration of the murkiness of grief and adjustment saw it selected in competition at Cannes (2009). It was made in Denmark by Dunedin expat Daniel Borgman: “life is hard, but it’s also really beautiful, and film is a great medium in which to render that contrast”.
“We were telling the story through the naive eyes of a child, and we wanted a universe that reflected this – where everything was a little too nice to be real, but without being a parody. We wanted to stay true to that innocent glossy view before experiences alter your lens.”– Borgman in a Danish Film Institute interview
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Made in association with Zentropa Productions and Creative New Zealand's Screen Innovation Production Fund.