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Film Info
Country Listing:Denmark
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Northern Europe
Personal Histories
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lars Emil Leonhardt
Brendan Cooney
Producer(s):Vibeke Vogel
Lars Emil Leonhardt
Editor(s):Lars Emil Leonhardt
Writer(s):Brendan Cooney
Cinematography:Lars Emil Leonhardt
Composer:Frederik Ebert
Sound:Sune Kaarsberg


Brendan, an American anthropologist, used to wander the planet exploring human nature in all its forms and beauty. But today, he has to embark on a very different project. After falling in love with a Danish woman, he ends up a stay-at-home dad of two toddlers in Copenhagen, and his own boring life as a caregiver becomes his only object of study. Once unable to conform to a conventional lifestyle, he now discovers the few joys and many hardships of child rearing, as well as the bizarre culture of hygge that surrounds him. Abandoned by his mother as a kid, Brendan swore to never inflict the same trauma on his children, but he suddenly understands the prison she found herself in: “We need to find another word than love for this,” he ponders. Filmed over five years, this tragicomic diary is a relatable, taboo-free look at the exquisite torture of parenthood. Charlotte Selb

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