When Emma’s father says he wants to live the rest of his life as a woman, Emma is thrown completely off kilter. Thomas makes a rapid transition into Agnete: a woman in stylish dresses who suddenly has no more interest in football. Who is this new father? Can Emma even call Agnete that?

As first-time feature maker, Malou Reymann herself grew up with a father who became a woman, she knows first-hand how children can experience such a complex change. Safe family life is disturbed and the close father-daughter relationship irrevocably transformed. This is why she chose to present this drama from the perspective of pre-teen Emma. How will this sensitive girl deal with her confusion, sorrow and anger? And how can you, as a family, come up with new ways of relating to one another, while the outside world looks on askance? Between intimate, tender and heart-rending moments, recognisable old home videos show the young family in seemingly simpler times.

This film is also shown in the Big Screen Tour 2020. Winner IFFR 2020 VPRO Big Screen Award

Original title
En helt almindelig familie
Filmmaker
Malou Reymann
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Denmark
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
Danish
Producer
René Ezra, Matilda Appelin
Production Company
Nordisk Film Production, Orange Valley Production
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Writer
Malou Reymann, Maren Louise Käehne, Rune Schjøtt
Cinematography
Sverre Sørdal
Editor
Ida Bregninge
Production Design
Sabine Hviid, Kristina Kovacs
Sound Design
Thomas Arent
Cast
Jessica Dinnage, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Hadewych Minis, Kaya Toft Loholt, Rigmor Ranthe, Neel Rønholt, Kristian Halken