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Aberdeen (2000)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 5

Though the characters are difficult to watch at times, Aberdeen burns with ferocious honesty and strong performances.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

Though the characters are difficult to watch at times, Aberdeen burns with ferocious honesty and strong performances.



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Set in Norway and Scotland, Aberdeen is a road movie that is as concerned with the geography of the heart as that of a topographical map. Kaisa (Lena Headey) is an ambitious lawyer who has just celebrated her recent promotion by having dominant sex with a man whose name she has no interest in learning. When her estranged mother, Helen (Charlotte Rampling), whom she hasn't been in contact with for a decade, calls her up to tell her that she is dying of cancer, Kaisa is faced with her mother's

Apr 23, 2002

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Moland ... has a fine eye for landscapes, but an even surer touch with actors.

October 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Grips us precisely because its actors are so utterly absorbed in their roles, so unfettered and nakedly expressive.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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An uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them.

January 11, 2002
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[A] frank father-daughter drama.

October 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
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A raw, harrowing film with a streak of dark, sometimes rowdy humor.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks.

October 8, 2001
Washington Post
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The movie is to be admired for refusing to romanticize alcoholism and for finding, in its bleak story, much humor and emotion.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

Contrived or not, anything that stirs raw emotions as Aberdeen does is worth a viewing.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A gripping film about the tattered ties of familial love that matter even to ferociously wayward and addicted individuals.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A strangely lyrical tale of addiction and family distance.

April 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Evokes the long, lonesome noir tableaux of American painter Edward Hopper.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The acting alone can't fill the motivational gaps.

April 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

Hans Petter Moland avoids the usual movie cliches of addiction and abuse in his fierce, discomforting portraits...

March 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The material is treated with such brutal honesty and the performances are so strong that it actually makes what should be stale material look fresh.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

For all its attempts at bending the rules, Aberdeen still comes off as frustratingly conventional.

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's a twisted, very human ride where the remarkable, effortless acting of both Headey and Skarsgard is rich with sympathy, heartbreak and morbid humor.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Miraculously manages to sidestep easy manipulation.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

The people who made the Scottish Aberdeen could have saved themselves some trouble if they'd come to America and watched a couple weeks' worth of TV movies.

December 28, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Under the guiding hand of co-writer-director Hans Petter Moland, the leads offer beautifully realized performances.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The characters, irritating as they can be at first, grow on you as they grow up.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

No matter how much insight we eventually gain into Tom and Kaisa one must ask exactly who would want to gain insight into these people.

October 18, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for Aberdeen

well acted but i hated the storyline it was pointless, strange and just tidious to watch after a while!
August 6, 2010
Film Crazy

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Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Headey, Charlotte Rampling, Ian Hart, Louise Goodall, Jason Hetherington, Jean Anderson, Kate Lynn Evans, John Killoran, John Harwood, Fergus McLarnon

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Summary: Kaisa (Lena Headey), a beautiful and feisty Scottish woman, finally has her life together - at least until her mother (Charlotte Rampling) asks an enormous favor: to bring back to her Kaisa's estranged, larger-than-life father (Stellan Skarsgard). The two of them, father and daughter together, set out on a wild, brutally funny yet heartbreaking journey, which takes them through their emotional past before reaching their ultimate destination.

My Thoughts: "I was adding movies to my 'instant watch' que on netflix, when I accidently pushed play on this film. I was going to stop it, but thought, "why not?" It was in the end, a happy accident. The movie was a real surprise, and I enjoyed the film. It's quite dark, but acted out brilliantly by Stellan Skarsgard and Lena Headey. Their performances are what made this a four star film for me. There was just so much hurt and anger these characters. She hasn?t seen her father in fifteen years and wants no relationship with either parent. But in the end, shw gives in to her mothers wishes and that is where the journey begins for her and her estranged alcoholic father. Aberdeen is not particularly a pleasant film. In fact, at times it?s difficult to watch. It's an honest film, and Skargard plays his character so well. He is truly a great actor. Great film.. Give it a watch."
July 19, 2010

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A dying mom asked her daughter to bring her alcoholic father from Norway to Aberdeen Scotland, so she can see them before she dies. Stellan Skarsgard played the alcoholic father with low self-esteem and Lena Headey, as Kaisa, their daughter.
The road trip did not go so smooth, but had some violent and funny moments. But the whole story got sweet and touchy as Kaisa and Tomas learn to understand and even love each other.
It's a good movie directed by Hans Petter Moland and extremely well-acted by Stellan Skarsgard and Lena Headey.
August 16, 2009
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