There’s No Place Like Home
Mixing the surreal, the darkly comic, and the absolutely toxic, Puk Grasten’s skewering of Danish ‘family values’ is unlike anything out there. An iconic lesbian author deals with two parents from hell—and now mom is dying. Or is she?
Mixing the surreal—David Lynch is an obvious influence—the darkly comic, and the absolutely toxic, Puk Grasten’s skewering of Danish ‘family values’ is unlike anything out there. Frederikke Dahl Hansen is spellbinding as novelist Christina, the lesbian daughter of two parents (very sly performances by Jens Albinus and Sarah Boberg) who consider her sick, call each other ‘Mr. and Mrs. Skov’, and do everything possible to undermine their daughter in order to become a ‘normal’ family again. If, that is, normal means a father who says, ‘When you’re lying in the gutter, you’ll come home’ and a mother who tried to drown Christina in the bathtub as a child. Now, mother is dying—but Christina, who has transformed herself into Leonora, a vocal feminist and media presence, suspects she’s faking… The colours and textures that Ms Grasten employs to illustrate this scathing satire are breath-taking, and the performances are nothing less than amazing.