Aberdeen Reviews

  • Aug 15, 2020

    Don't let that wacky hat in the poster fool you, this is quite a serious drama with only a slight incline of dark comedy. But it is a film that I couldn't take my eyes away from. I was so struck by the exceptional pacing of the plot, the unflinching story it tells and the brilliantly-matched performances by Lena Headey & Stellan Skarsgard. Both actors do a phenomenal job with the brutally honest material without veering into melodramatics for a bulk of the runtime. The filmmaking is sharp yet never showy in the best possible way while the sublime film editing low-key keeps the road-trip a surprisingly nimble one. Despite the character's eccentric, contrived personalities, it was done in such a heartfelt, entertaining way that was never boring and it ultimately moved me by the film's end. This forgotten indie is well worth a watch and deserves some overdue recognition! - 8/10 (B+)

    Don't let that wacky hat in the poster fool you, this is quite a serious drama with only a slight incline of dark comedy. But it is a film that I couldn't take my eyes away from. I was so struck by the exceptional pacing of the plot, the unflinching story it tells and the brilliantly-matched performances by Lena Headey & Stellan Skarsgard. Both actors do a phenomenal job with the brutally honest material without veering into melodramatics for a bulk of the runtime. The filmmaking is sharp yet never showy in the best possible way while the sublime film editing low-key keeps the road-trip a surprisingly nimble one. Despite the character's eccentric, contrived personalities, it was done in such a heartfelt, entertaining way that was never boring and it ultimately moved me by the film's end. This forgotten indie is well worth a watch and deserves some overdue recognition! - 8/10 (B+)

  • Aug 26, 2018

    Appalling student film script, plotting and characterisation that shows that good acting is entirely dependent on good writing and direction, absent from this film. Random nudity, absurd storyline jumps and non-sequiturs, and inconsistent behaviour from the characters adds up to a boring whole.

    Appalling student film script, plotting and characterisation that shows that good acting is entirely dependent on good writing and direction, absent from this film. Random nudity, absurd storyline jumps and non-sequiturs, and inconsistent behaviour from the characters adds up to a boring whole.

  • Oct 09, 2014

    Good acting, writing. Pretty depressing. Both are pretty unlikable, but are interesting enough characters to get past it.

    Good acting, writing. Pretty depressing. Both are pretty unlikable, but are interesting enough characters to get past it.

  • Aug 23, 2013

    'Aberdeen' may give us a few questions and the script can be unsure of itself a few times. But the performances by Stellan Skarsgard and Lena Headey are good with this one.

    'Aberdeen' may give us a few questions and the script can be unsure of itself a few times. But the performances by Stellan Skarsgard and Lena Headey are good with this one.

  • Jun 05, 2013

    An enjoyable dysfunctional father-daughter story.

    An enjoyable dysfunctional father-daughter story.

  • Mar 04, 2013

    Superb ending , Solid script & very good acting, but very unlikable characters.

    Superb ending , Solid script & very good acting, but very unlikable characters.

  • Oct 24, 2012

    This was a good film about a grown up daughter and her alcoholic father as they try to come together, i really loved this film, the characters were great and the story was also good this is one of the best daughter/father films ive ever seen.

    This was a good film about a grown up daughter and her alcoholic father as they try to come together, i really loved this film, the characters were great and the story was also good this is one of the best daughter/father films ive ever seen.

  • Aug 23, 2012

    A Frank Father- Daughter drama. well acted but i hated the storyline it was pointless, strange and just tidious to watch after a while! You know how the story goes... An addicte will never change his/her stripes, BUT people around them take the liberty of trying to "help". Theres no solution or a simple fix. I can personally relate and sympathize with Kaisa. Who I believe should have just walked away while she still had the chance.

    A Frank Father- Daughter drama. well acted but i hated the storyline it was pointless, strange and just tidious to watch after a while! You know how the story goes... An addicte will never change his/her stripes, BUT people around them take the liberty of trying to "help". Theres no solution or a simple fix. I can personally relate and sympathize with Kaisa. Who I believe should have just walked away while she still had the chance.

  • Jan 18, 2012

    Father and daughter switch roles and then spend the rest of the movie getting back to their intended roles. One viewer called it "weird"; which is an apt description of the dysfunctional nature of this family and the trip that ultimately helps them work things out.

    Father and daughter switch roles and then spend the rest of the movie getting back to their intended roles. One viewer called it "weird"; which is an apt description of the dysfunctional nature of this family and the trip that ultimately helps them work things out.

  • Dec 04, 2011

    This movie pleasantly surprised me, I expect this movie to be one way and went in a completely different direction, every time I assumed what was coming next it would change direction again ever so slightly, which is a good thing. While the film does get slow at times it's worth watch, especially for the hot Lena Headley.

    This movie pleasantly surprised me, I expect this movie to be one way and went in a completely different direction, every time I assumed what was coming next it would change direction again ever so slightly, which is a good thing. While the film does get slow at times it's worth watch, especially for the hot Lena Headley.