Lykken er en underlig fisk (1989)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

In this ironic, spare drama, happiness is indeed elusive. Everyone in the small fishing community Lotta and Mia live in tries very hard to be nice, but character will out, and they usually don't succeed. Lotta (Helle Ryslinge) moved there 17 years before, hoping that by marrying a steady but dull fisherman, she could find a home for herself and her illegitimate daughter Mia (Stine Bierlich). But whatever comfort there was has gone out of the marriage, and Lotta now spends her days working at a cannery and her evenings tending to the players at a perpetual gambling event held in their house. Among the usual guests is the owner of the factory everyone in the village works for, whether directly or indirectly. He would like to bed both Lotta and her daughter, but his son gets to the daughter first with a marriage proposal, and the whole town gets together, (awkwardly, as is their wont) to celebrate the nuptials.