Magazine article New Internationalist

Okay Directed by Jesper W. Neilsen

Magazine article New Internationalist

Okay Directed by Jesper W. Neilsen

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According to the hospital, Nete's father has three weeks or so to live. Nete insists he leaves his flat and comes to live out his life with her - although they don't get on - her husband Kristian and their daughter Kathrine in their crowded flat.

If this sounds grim, it isn't. Okay is a beautifully acted drama of family relationships with nice ironies and comic touches. Nete's father gives up his flat and moves in, but doesn't die. He seems to get stronger by the day, which leads to tensions - and unexpected comedy. Caustic, when Nete complains to the doctor that he got it wrong and Kristian grouses about three weeks stretching out to eight. And touching, when the old man, a retired carpenter, visits the undertaker and chooses a beautifully crafted coffin in his favourite oak.

Paprika Steen is riveting as the peppery Nete. …

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