The Bench | Bænken

2000 | 93 minutes | Drama
3.8 out of 5 stars
Director: Per Fly
Written by: Kim Leona (screenplay), Per Fly (screenplay)
Stars: Jesper Christensen, Marius Sonne Janischefska, Stine Holm Joensen, Nicolaj Kopernikus

Kaj is a stubborn man who lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman boss him about.

When Kaj’s daughter, with whom he has not been in touch for nineteen years, moves into the same council estate on the run from her violent husband, a change comes over Kaj. His initial instinct is to avoid her, but by chance he ends up helping to look after Jonas, her six-year-old son.

For the first time in years Kaj has responsibilities and a family of his own.