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Minor Mishaps

Annette K. Olesen's amiable debut, in which a mother's unexpected death and her husband's ensuing illness expose tensions in an eccentric extended family, bears a similarity to Lone Scherfig's Italian for Beginners (2001), and it too won an award at the Berlin film festival. This family-relationships-in-crisis dramedy is, not surprisingly, even more reminiscent of Mike Leigh: Olesen and her crew created the film together during an extensive rehearsal. Ceding much of the creative responsibility to actors has its pluses, producing, for example, an abundance of humanity and strong performances. But it also generates glaring minuses, such as an excessive amount of dysfunction among the characters and a limited dramatic construction. Still, if you want life-affirming entertainment you could certainly do worse. In Danish with subtitles. 105 min.

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