Aberdeen

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Released 2001

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Director:
Hans Petter Moland
Released:
2001
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Aberdeen is a drama from the United Kingdom that shows how a dysfunctional family finds a way to come together during a crisis. Kaisa (Lena Headey), originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, receives a call from her mother Helen (Charlotte Rampling). She asks her daughter if she could pick up her alcoholic father (Stellan Skarsgard), who lives in Norway, and bring him home to Aberdeen. Kaisa now lives in London and is a successful lawyer with a nasty cocaine addiction. Kaisa wanted her whole life to escape her hometown and now that she's free she dreads the possibility of returning. She unwillingly agrees and heads to Oslo to find her dad completely drunk at the airport. The airline refuses to board the two, who then decide to take a ferry and drive to Aberdeen. Kaisa has not seen her father in years, and the two try to reconcile during a road trip of mishaps and strange encounters. A delay in their trip prompts a call home to tell mom that they'll be arriving late. That's when the duo learns that mom is actually dying, and that she wanted to be with her loved ones before she goes. The question now is if Kaisa and her father will arrive in Aberdeen before it's too late?moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It could have done with fewer plot devices, but it is ultimately far more satisfying than countless less ambitious and risky films.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Skarsgard and Headey deliver perfectly meshed lead performances in a small, beautifully acted film that will make you squirm.

  • 80

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    A humanistic, warts-and-all battle of wills between a dissolute father and an emotionally ravaged daughter.

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