Denmark, 2007, 97 minutes
Fri, Apr 25 / 6:15 / Kabuki / JUST25K
Sat, Apr 26 / 1:00 / Kabuki / JUST26K
Sun, Apr 27 / 4:00 / Kabuki / JUST27K
Tue, Apr 29 / 9:15 / Kabuki / JUST29K
The Danish town of Rudkøbing has its problems. For one thing, the endless construction in the town square makes it look like a bomb site. And when a stuffy lecturer and leading citizen mentions he’s seen a naked man roaming the streets at night, Rudkøbing’s conservative residents break out in a general panic. The construction workers declare a strike until the culprit is identified, and a group of concerned citizens decides to use the town’s hotline service to ferret out the offender. Director Lone Scherfig, who shot her comedy chronologically and wrote the script from day to day, successfully and wryly interweaves a set of individual stories through a community of eccentrics. Played by a winning ensemble cast, they include a woman on the run from a puritanical water-guzzling cult (Ann Eleanora Jørgensen), a burly, pill-popping misfit struggling to come to terms with his unhappy childhood (Peter Gantzler), a lonely poet (Peter Hesse Overgaard) and an always hopeful, ever smiling civil servant (Bodil Jørgensen). In different ways each searches for some level of comfort, whether through work, companionship or reconciliation with family. Rarely has the absurdity of our misguided efforts to help one other been depicted so deftly or with so much affection for small town life. “Just Like Home is about trust,” says Scherfig, “the fundamental belief that people you hardly know will want the best for you.”
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