Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Streaming Video - 2002
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Kaisa, a beautiful and feisty Scottish woman, finally has her life together...at least until her mother asks an enormous favor: to bring back to her Kaisa's estranged father. The two of them, father and daughter together, set out on a wild, brutally funny yet heartbreaking journey that takes them through their emotional past, before reaching their ultimate destination.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2002
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 103 min.)) : sd., col

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 14, 2016

This film is over 15 years old and features a young Lena Headey. However, the video quality from this disc is poor and the screen is small. Otherwise it is a slow but watchable drama.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

At the request of her estranged mother, now dying of cancer in an Aberdeen hospital, twenty-something yuppie Kaisa hops a plane to Norway in order to drag Tomas, her equally estranged drunken lout of a father, back to Scotland for one last reunion. Meeting up at a seedy Oslo bar, truculent father and embittered daughter immediately begin sticking pins in each other while fate seems determined to thwart their every travel plan; from being denied airline boarding passes due to dad’s inebriated condition to repeated run-ins with both the law and a gang of menacing street hooligans. And all the while their guardian angel, in the form of a kind-hearted truck driver who decides to tag along, desperately tries to keep them pointed in the right direction. But as old wounds are laid open and dark secrets revealed on the way to Aberdeen, the mother’s condition continues to deteriorate. There is much to admire in Hans Moland’s dysfunctional road movie. For starters the cinematography is truly beautiful as it shifts between bleak wintry landscapes and teary intimacies, stopping to linger on a vase of wilted flowers in a sterile hospital room or an isolated oil rig alone in a stormy sea. Furthermore, a strong cast anchored by Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, and Lena Headey keep things from flying off into melodramatic excess. But despite these obvious strengths there is a sense of hollowness to the characters, as if they were only half-drawn. We’re shown consequences without much light being shed on causes; why did Tomas go from the doting father in Kaisa’s single candy-coated memory to the trembling alcoholic drifter we see at the film’s outset? why is Kaisa so hooked on cocaine and cheap sex? and why are they both so angry at mom? A few subtle clues are dropped, and perhaps the rest is left intentionally blurred, but this lack of narrative background robs the film of much of its punch leaving the final dramatic reveal and subsequent reparation feeling contrived. But I freely admit to being a sucker for any halfway decent road movie, a weakness which compels me to overlook Aberdeen’s few shortcomings.

voisjoe1 May 24, 2012

Lena Headey plays Kaisa, a young lady who gets a call from her mother with the request to track down kaisa's "father" in Norway and to bring his to Aberdeen Northern section of UK, across from Norway) where the mother, played by Charlotte Rampling, is in the hospital. This is one of those families that really never got along with each other, but it is now time to try to make amends. The movie indicates that it may never be too late to try to connect with your family, no matter how low the relationships have sunk.

roadshowrigoletto Feb 08, 2012

Better than the blurb makes it sound. Kaisa is a mess. Cocaine and waking up next to someone that you don't want to wake up next to add up to many things, some of them not necessarily bad, but they don't really add up to "has her life together." At least as far as this viewer has mastered that concept. Hell, that "feisty young Scottish woman," mentioned in that blurb, would either be horrifying or boring as hell. And she wouldn't be "Kaisa."

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Front nudity and some sexual situations.

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